Wednesday, April 14, 2010
NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS; the FSLC hosts Ghobadi retrospective
Bahman Ghobadi gets a sleek two-day retrospective at the Walter Reade Theater, via the Film Society of Lincoln Center, of the five films he's given us so far, beginning with an advance screening of NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS, his latest film, which will open theatrically this Friday via IFC. (You can see the entire FSLC program, with films, dates and times here.) Both Ghobadi and his co-writer, jour-
nalist Roxana Saberi, will be at the WRT for this screening.
Majid Majidi in The Song of Sparrows or any of the many films of Kiarostami. This is a home to a younger, music-oriented crowd, who spends its life not, unfortunately, making music but simply trying to make it, given the prescriptive government restrictions on, well, almost everything, it seems.
So the kids make their music in barnyards -- on a dairy farm in which the cows have stopped giving milk, due to the noisy rock music, and from which one band member seems to have acquired hepatitis. They use rooftops and basements, soundproofing them as best they can. Further, the film's leading twosome -- a young woman and a young man -- are also trying to obtain forged passports so that they can leave the country to perform abroad. None of these is easy, and all of it, of course, would be prevented by Iran's government and police -- if they only knew about it.
No One Knows About Persian Cats opens its theatrical run at the IFC Center this Friday, April 16, and is available now On-Demand from most TV reception providers. To check its availability in your area, simply click here and follow instructions.