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New Middle East Cinema

Closed Curtain

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Tuesday 10/28
5:30 pm
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dir. Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi, Iran, 2013, 106 min. Presenter: Mahyar Entezari

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Closed Curtain, Jafar Panahi's most recent non-film, made in secret, combines documentary and fictitious elements. A screenwriter goes into hiding with his dog after the regime declares dogs "impure" and bans them from walking in public. (This is an actual law.) The man shaves his head, methodically darkens all the windows in his three-story seaside villa (Panahi's beach house), and settles in to write in relative peace with his beloved pet. Unexpectedly, a young man and woman appear, seemingly in a state of fear and confusion, and he is importuned to take them in. A Pirandello-inspired drama unfurls as Panahi himself shows up (playing himself), acting out his most melancholy fantasies as both neighbors and strangers appear and disappear with eerie regularity -- much as you might expect in any society in which the absurd has become the norm. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. - (c) Variance Films

The Cinema Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program, the Middle East Center, and the Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and International House Philadelphia, present the 2013 edition of New Middle East Cinema.  Recently released feature films, which represent a large number of countries in the region, have been selected as the best to be presented and discussed to further the understanding of current Middle Eastern societies and cultures through cinema.