The Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd edition of our Festival of Films from Iran from October 8 through 31, providing a view on contemporary Persian culture through the eyes of Iran’s filmmakers. Featuring an array of U.S. and North American premieres, the eight-film series highlights the balance between tradition and modernity through diverse stories that may be grounded in the rituals of contemporary culture (ONE.TWO.ONE), or tied to the mysticism and customs of a past era (BELOVED SKY).
2011, Mania Akbari, Iran, 85 min.
With Neda Amiri, Payam Dehkordi
A love triangle’s games are played under the discreet veil of electronic communications when text messages and cell phone calls stand in for intimacy in this contemporary tale of tangled relationships. Avant-garde artist/filmmaker Akbari (20 FINGERS, 10 + 4), star of Kiarostami’s TEN, focuses on the body as a sometimes deceptive façade for the soul in an unusual narrative of close encounters through overheard calls and one-on-one disclosures. A woman struggles with the catastrophic blow to her beauty caused by her lover’s car wreck, against a background of urban mating dances. In Persian with English subtitles. DigiBeta video. (BS)