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Iranian Film Festival at MFAH

Iranian Film Festival at MFAH
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In what is an annual event worth attending, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston unreels the Iranian Film Festival, now in its 24th year.

The main selection of films will unwind over a period of five days. Farsi, German, Dari, English, and Assyrian languages will be spoken. The movies cover the gamut of drama, comedy, animation and documentary.

  • I (Me) – starring Leila Hamati and set in the underbelly of Tehran culture.
  • Wednesday, May 9 – Director Vahid Jalivand provides a sweeping view of Iranian society while also playing a philanthropist giving away large sums of money.
  • Lantouri – explores the relationship between crime victims and the perpetrators of said crimes. An eye for an eye becomes a metaphor.
  • A Dragon Arrives (Ejdeha Vared Mishavad!) – oscillates between garish Iranian cinema of the 1960s and surrealism in the present day.
  • Radio Dreams – documents the merger of Iranian heavy metal and American metal, on one side is Metallica and on the other Afghanistan’s premiere metal band Kabul Dreams.
  • The Salesman (Forushande) – from acclaimed director Asghar Faradi comes a complicated narrative that demands the viewer take sides on an incident involving a stranger violating another person’s wife. The wife and her husband are involved in a local theatrical production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

The Houston Iranian Film Festival unwinds at the MFAH January 20 through January 24, with additional programming January 25 at the Rice Media Center.

The Rice Media Center presents Abbas Kiarostami’s “Taste of Cherries” on January 25, at 7 pm.