Join us for a Saturday Labor Goes to the Movies double feature.
Close-up (Iran, Kiarostami, 1990)
Based on a news story Kiarostami read in the newspaper, the ﬁlm shows the man who impersonated a real Iranian filmmaker, who plays himself in the ﬁlm, and follows the real court case prosecuting the man for the dissimulation. Characteristically, Kiarostami leads spectators to question the status of the ﬁlm they are watching as they seek to identify what is real in the ﬁlm. Close-up was voted the best Iranian ﬁlm in history, and Kiarostami was voted the most important director of the 1990s by U.S. critics. The ﬁlm “ultimately leaves the audience defenseless against the extraordinary power of its ﬁnal scenes, which are as transcendent — and as shrewd — as anything in cinema.” Godfrey Cheshire.
Jill Godmilow is a renowned, prize-winning producer/director of innovative non-fiction and other films, and has taught for many years in the Department of Film, Television & Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. She is the recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, and her work has been nominated for an Academy Award (Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman). Her feminist/modernist fictional feature Waiting for the Moon (1987), about the lives of the literary couple Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, won first prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
A Separation (Iran, Farhadi, 2011)
2012 winner of best foreign ﬁlm Oscar and the Golden Bear for Best Film and multiple wins for its actors at the Berlin Film Festival, and many other ﬁlm festivals, A Separation has made an impact around the world. With its fast pace and claustrophobic atmosphere, this drama forms a nexus of interrelated ideas, of class, social attitudes, family obligations, gender differences, ﬁnancial concerns, and moral beliefs ranging from the religious to the practical. The audience relates to the lies and the ﬂaws of each character in the ﬁlm. “What’s fascinating is how the various issues—religious or practical—are played out in these two quite different families, yet always come down to irreconcilable differences between rebellious women and their stiff-necked, controlling men.” J. Hoberman.
Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri is an independent filmmaker and educator, born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She received her BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. She works as producer for Link Television on the Bridge to Iran film series. She produced an award-winning series about the war in Iraq for Deep Dish TV which was at the 2006 Whitney Biennial. She also teaches film studies courses at New York University and Temple University. Her personal documentaries about Iran were broadcasted on PBS and have been shown widely in museums, art houses and universities.
Doors open at noon. A discussion will follow the films. Light refreshments provided.
(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Contesting Islamophobia. Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2012-13 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)
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