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Chess of the Wind Unclassified 18+
Shatranj-e baad

Director: Mohammad Reza Aslani
Country: Iran (1976/2020)
Language: Persian with English subtitles

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A long-lost masterpiece of 1970s Iranian cinema finally re-emerges on the big screen.

Awash in a sea of scheming men, including relatives, romantic suitors and her mother’s second husband, a paraplegic Persian heiress clings on to her fortune at all costs. Finding comfort and confidence in her wily handmaiden, she plots to do away with her rivals – but little does she know that her accomplice has ambitions of her own.

Bursting with colour and touching on taboo themes such as women’s rights, same-sex desire and government oppression, Mohammad Reza Aslani’s giallo-infused Gothic thriller was banned soon after release. It was considered lost for decades until 2014, when a film print was discovered in an antique shop by Aslani’s son, who proceeded to smuggle it out of Iran to evade further censorship. Newly restored with the assistance of Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, Chess of the Wind is a stunning achievement of pre-revolution Iranian cinema.

“Manages to brilliantly oscillate between art house aesthetics and B-movie sleaze … A shining example of how familiar genres and tones can meld together to form something that feels brand new.” – The Film Stage

In Cinema

Sat 14 Aug 11:00 am [13441]
The Capitol
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
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Key Cast
Akbar Zanjanpour, Fakhri Khorvash, Hamid Taati, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Shahram Golchin, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Director
Mohammad Reza Aslani
Producer
Bahman Farmanara
Screenwriter
Mohammad Reza Aslani
Cinematographer
Houshang Baharlou
Composer
Sheyda Gharachedaghi
Editor
Abbas Ganjavi
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Cineteca di Bologna

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