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Brick and Mirror
Khesht O Ayeneh

Language: Persian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama Themes: Auteur Cinephile Restored
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A pioneering example of the first Iranian New Wave, and a key influence on directors such as Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi, Ebrahim Golestan’s journey through pre-revolutionary Tehran is as powerful today as it was five decades ago.

On an ordinary night, taxi driver Hashem transports a woman (poet and filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad) to the outskirts of town. Only once she’s out of sight does he discover that she has left behind a baby. With assistance from his lover, Hashem tries to find someone to take the child – but even in the seemingly calm Tehran of the early 1960s, help isn’t easy to come by.

One of only two full-length films directed by Golestan, and the first Iranian feature to use direct sound, Brick and Mirror’s importance cannot be underestimated. In its probing story, its exploration of corruption and responsibility, and its meticulously expressive imagery – as newly restored in all of its black-and-white glory – this groundbreaking classic strips away the comfortable façade enjoyed by the country’s intellectual class at the time. This restoration, by Ecran Noir Production and Golestan in collaboration with the film Archieve Cineteca di Bologna, premiered in the Venezia Classici section of the 2018 Venice Film festival.

“Iranian cinema’s first true modern masterpiece.” – Notes on Cinematograph

Tickets

4151
Sun 04 Aug 11:00 am [4151]
Brick and Mirror (130 mins)
Kino 2 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Taji Ahmadi, Zackaria Hashemi
Director
Ebrahim Golestan
Producer
Ebrahim Golestan
Screenwriter
Ebrahim Golestan
Cinematographer
Amir Karari, Soleiman Minasian
Editor
Ebrahim Golestan
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Company Credit
World Sales: Cineteca di Bologna

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