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A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE

Iran / France, 1996 (MIFF 1997, International)

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

The lyrical and spare storytelling that Makhmalbaf applied in Gabbeh (MIFF 1996) is utilised again to tell another personal story, this time it is the director's own, told from two differ­ent points of view. Blending the present with the past, and fusing reality and remembrances with recreations, Makhmalbaf and an ex-policeman come to a better understanding of a real life inci­dent they were both involved in 20 years previ­ous. Back then, Makhmalbaf was an idealistic young man, ready to save the world; the police­men, a diligent officer in love with a young woman - naive and romantic. Using actors to portray their younger selves, the director and the policeman recreate the circumstances that led to Makhmalbaf's desperate attack on the officer and his subsequent arrest, in doing so, they alsc discover a few things about themselves.

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MAN WHO CAME WITH THE SNOW, THE

Iran, France, 2009

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ONCE UPON A TIME, CINEMA

Iran, 1992
Once Upon a Time, Cinema almost defies description, as the complexity and imagi­nation director Makhmalbaf brings to it pro­duces a dazzling visual roilercoaster, which sweeps the viewer alon… More »

GABBEH

Iran, 1996
... ... A ... ... ... According to many observers (your humble servant and Werner Herzog amongst them), cinema is alive and well in two countries: China and Iran. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh is incont… More »

SAINT CLARA

Israel, 1995
... ... Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Salaam Cinema is the Iran director/activist's typically offbeat tribute to a century of cinema. Such is the popularity o… More »

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