Celebration of Iranian Cinema in Orange County

Celebration of Iranian Cinema in Orange County
Jordan Center for Persian Studies
https://www.humanities.uci.edu/persianstudies//

Join us for the 4th Annual CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA in Orange County at the University of California, Irvine September 7-8, 2019. In collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, UCI. Special thanks to our co-presenter: The UCLA Film & Televisions Archives. General Admission: $12 per screening VIP Package: $75 VIP Package includes admission to all films + invitation to the VIP reception on opening night. UCI Students with valid student I.D. - Free Admission based on availblity on the day of screening. All films presented in Persian with English subtitles. Schedule of Films: Saturday September 7, 4:00 PM HENDI & HORMOZ Rugged and delicate beauty exist side-by-side on the red sand island of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf where 13-year-old Hendi is married off to the 16-year-old Hormoz on his promise of a job at the local mine. When the job falls through, the young couple must struggle to make their way against difficult odds in a land as spellbinding as it is unforgiving. Director: Abbas Amini Screenwriter: Hossein Farrokhzadeh, A. Amini Cast: Hamed Alipour, Zohreh Eslam, Asma Daneh-chin Saturday September 7, 7:00 PM SHEEPLE (Maghz-haye Koochak Zang-Zadeh) Navid Mohammadzadeh stars as the slow-witted, grasping brother of Shakur (Aslani), a meth dealer and procurer who acts as reigning patriarch for both their impoverished neighborhood and their highly dysfunctional family. When rumors about their sister are exposed, a violent, domestic power struggle breaks into the open. Writer-director Hooman Seyedi doesn’t pull any punches in this sordid tale of corruption that culminates in one of the best action set pieces in contemporary Iranian cinema. Director/Screenwriter: Hooman Seyedi Cast: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Farhad Aslani, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini Sunday September 8, 4:00 PM BEFORE SUMMER ENDS Director Maryam Goormaghtigh weaves a most beguiling blend of fiction and non-fiction in this semi-documentary feature about a trio of Iranian ex-pat bros who take a road trip through the shimmering French countryside before one of their own returns to Iran. The expected riffs on male obsessions—women, partying, women—come finer-edged with melancholy, regret and loneliness as the friends also reflect on their lives in self-imposed exile. Director: Maryam Goormaghtigh Cast: Arash, Ashkan, Hossein Sunday September 8, 7:00 PM TEHRAN, CITY OF LOVE Three lonely hearts—a bodybuilder, a receptionist and a religious singer—navigate the chilly waters of romance in an alienating urban landscape that puts the irony in the title of writer-director Ali Jaberansari’s second feature. Jaberansari’s deadpan humor and a wry visual style make this an offbeat romantic comedy that suggests it's the absurdity of pursuing love, not its triumphs, that really makes us human. Director: Ali Jaberansari Screenwriter: A. Jaberansari, Maryam Najafi Cast: Forough Ghajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Amir Hessam Bakhtiar