Rona, Azim's Mother
Rona, Mader-e Azim
2018, Jamshid Mahmoudi, Iran/Afghanistan, 89 min.
With Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fatemeh Mirzaei
- Sat, Feb 9th 6:30pm
- Sun, Feb 10th 3:00pm
“Solemn, heartfelt, and movingly acted…crafts memorable images that remain steeped in the everyday.”--Sarah Ward, Screen Daily
A family betrayal brings urgency to an adult son’s sacrificial love for his aged mother in this deeply emotional drama by the Iranian-Afghan director/producer team of Jamshid and Navid Mahmoudi, Iran’s answer to the Dardenne brothers. Afghanistan’s submission for 2019 Oscar consideration, the film powerfully foregrounds an Afghan immigrant family’s love for their matriarch Rona (excellent first-time actress Fatemeh Hosseini) when a health crisis threatens her life and tears at the fabric of their togetherness. A boisterous, music-filled party introduces the extended clan, but the jollity is short-lived when Rona’s unexpected diagnosis sends them reeling, and puts eldest son Azim (Tanabandeh, OFFSIDE), a serious and modest sewer worker, at the center of an expensive backstreet quest that will underline the second-class status of immigrants in Iran. In Persian and Dari with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)