Apr 13, 2010

Iranian films at 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival

Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers.
This year there are three Iranian films participating in the festival; Nader Takmil Homayoun’s TEHROUN, Mohammad Rasoulof’s  THE WHITE MEADOWS, and  Babak Jalali’s FRONTIER BLUES.


Mohammad Rasoulof s The White Meadows is a mesmeric, discomforting journey – punctuated by enigmatic motifs and metaphors – through a nightmarish bleached-white landscape of barren salt marshes. Defying any genre, the fable-like tale follows the odyssey of a man who sets out by boat to collect the tears of the inhabitants scattered across an archipelago of stark, inhospitable islands on a nameless sea.
On March 2, 2010, Mohammad Rasoulof was arrested in Iran along with filmmaker Jafar Panahi and 14 others as part of the crackdown in response to post-election disputes.

Frontier Blues takes place on Iran’s northern frontier with Turkmenistan. It consists of 4 stories. Alam is a 28 year-old Turkmen man who lives with his father and works in a chicken farm. He is teaching himself English in order to marry a girl called Ana and take her to Baku. Hassan is a 28 year-old Persian man who lives with his uncle. His only companions are his pet donkey and tape player.
Kazem, is Hassan’s uncle and he owns a clothing store but the clothes he tries to sell never seem to fit anyone.
A 55 year-old Turkmen minstrel is the subject of a book of photography by a photographer from Tehran. His wife was stolen by a Sheppard in a green Mercedes many years ago.