Saturday 9 January 2016

Tales from Iranian New Wave in Helsinki

Downpour (Bahram Beizai, 1972)
A Simple Event: Tales from Iranian New Wave Cinema will be running at Helsinki's Cinematheque from February 2 to 20, featuring films by Farrokh Ghaffari, Kamran Shirdel, Dariush Mehrjui, Sohrab Shahid Saless and Bahram Beizai.

This a slightly revised, expanded version of the mini retrospective I had curated for Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna. This edition will feature Bologna's own restoration work, Downpour [Ragbaar] as well as all the once banned documentaries by Kamran Shirdel which are among the most compelling examples of the 60s militant cinema.

For the full line up, as well as my introductory essay (in Finnish and English) please visit the official website of the Orion Cinema, here. The films will be playing with English subtitles which means non-Finish or Farsi speakers can attend.