2018, Kamal Tabrizi, Iran, 90 min.
With Hamed Behdad, Vishka Asayesh
- Sat, Feb 23rd 8:00pm
- Sun, Feb 24th 5:00pm
“A nothing’s-sacred spoof…a hoot to watch.”--Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
This thinly disguised and entirely fictional satirical profile of the rise to power of Iran’s former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is yet another jab at the status quo by director Tabrizi, whose 2004 comedy hit THE LIZARD lampooned Iran’s Islamic clergy. Tabrizi may play fast and loose with the biographical details, but the portrait is unmistakable, with lookalike actor Behdad as Samadi, a buffoonish yokel and stridently moralistic accidental politician who launches his campaign for Parliament from his ramshackle house where chickens run free. The right-wing self-proclaimed revolutionary plans to boost his public profile by disrupting a rock concert. The stunt goes awry in a way that works hilariously in his favor and serves to make him the clueless pawn of cynical powers who note the potential populist appeal of a man who is easily manipulated. In Persian with English subtitles. (BS)