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Film Series : 30th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

The Warden


2019, Nima Javidi, Iran, 90 min.
With Navid Mohammadzadeh, Parinaz Izadyar

Show Times

  • Sat, Feb 22nd 8:00pm
  • Sun, Feb 23rd 3:00pm

“Dreamlike…an operatic feeling.”—Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

An eerily windswept landscape, a vacated prison, and one missing death-row inmate figure into this precisely calibrated mystery/thriller. Set in 1966, with the authentic retro look and feel of the culture of pre-revolutionary Iran, the plot pits a preening, promotion-hungry warden (Mohammadzadeh of SHEEPLE) against a wily escapee, who is improbably unaccounted for just as the facility is being evacuated prior to teardown for the site of Tehran’s new airport. Director Javidi (MELBOURNE) makes the story less about the cat-and-mouse game between warden and prisoner than a pressure cooker drama revolving around ambition, guilt in high places, and the warden’s barely disguised attraction for a self-possessed and most stylishly attired female social worker who comes to plead on behalf of the missing man. In Persian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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