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Calendar, Night&Day <i>No One Knows About Persian Cats</i>

No One Knows About Persian Cats

The great boundary-crosser of Iranian cinema, Bahman Ghobadi purposefully steps over the line with No One Knows About Persian Cats—a quasi-documentary, highly unofficial panorama of Teheran's tenacious underground music scene and a movie which has accrued additional urgency since its…
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"No One Knows About Persian Cats," Tehran's underground music scene

The great boundary-crosser of Iranian cinema, Bahman Ghobadi purposefully steps over the line with No One Knows About Persian Cats — a quasidocumentary, highly unofficial panorama of Tehran's tenacious underground music scene and a movie that has accrued additional urgency…
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Lars von Trier's Antichrist can't save this year's Cannes

CANNES, France — It's been a blood-soaked first week at the Cannes Film Festival — at least onscreen. Six festivals ago, Lars von Trier galvanized a mediocre competition with his coup de cinéma, Dogville. Returning this year, again in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Iran Through the Lens

Iran Through the Lens

Kaurismaki, Kusturica, Kiarostami: These are directors to live by at the moment. The last of the three is profiled at the Iranian Film Festival in two documentaries by Irish director Mark Cousins: all by himself in On the Road with…
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Film, In Saddam's Shadow

In Saddam's Shadow

Perhaps no filmmaker working today better exemplifies the great humanist tradition of Italian neorealism than the gifted Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, whose movies -- A Time for Drunken Horses, Marooned in Iraq (aka Songs of My Motherland), and now Turtles…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video event.…
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Film, Kurds Away

Kurds Away

Marooned in Iraq is Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi's follow-up to his remarkable 2000 debut, A Time for Drunken Horses. That film told the story of five orphaned brothers and sisters living in an impoverished Kurdish village along the Iran-Iraq border…
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Film, Dickens Doubled

Dickens Doubled

The stark simplicity of A Time for Drunken Horses, one of the few films that has slipped out of postrevolutionary Iran to the West, does nothing to obscure its emotional power or the complexity of the geopolitical issues underlying it.…
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