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Spotlight Iran

Awarded the Rossellini Prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, this latest achieve­ment by one of Iran's foremost filmmakers takes us to the aftermath of the devastating 1990 earthquakes in Northern Iraq, which killed some 50,000 people. It is to this region (the set­ting of Kiarostami's ... Read more
Considering all the norms from which Nargess departs, it may seem surprising that the film was made at all. It honestly and sympathetically represents people who live out­side strict Islamic law, giving profound com­plexity and humanity to its portrait of two very different women. Nargess ... Read more
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 along. From the opening shot, we are hypnotised by this film-within-a-film in which characters jump in ... Read more
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