THE WIND WILL CARRY US
BAD MA RA KHAHAD BORD
1999, Janus Films, 118 min, Iran/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

Palme d’Or-winning director Abbas Kiarostami’s acclaimed film documents the arrival of an engineer and his colleagues from Tehran in a remote village in Iranian Kurdistan. Assumed by the locals with whom they form an ambivalent relationship to be archaeologists or telecom engineers, the visitors’ behavior and keen interest in the health of an ailing old woman appear strange and their true motives are shrouded in mystery. Visually stunning, THE WIND WILL CARRY US is an absorbing meditation on life and death and the divisions between tradition and modernity; it stands among Kiarostami's best.


THE PAST
LE PASSÉ
2013, Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min, Iran, Dir: Asghar Farhadi

Director Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning A SEPARATION is another searing domestic drama. When Ahmad, an Iranian man, arrives in Paris to finalize a divorce from his French wife Marie (THE ARTIST’s Bérénice Bejo), he returns to find their daughter Lucie estranged and Marie engaged to another man, whose own wife is in a coma. The reality of the situation becomes more and more complicated - and more and more painful, as the lives of the two men and the women they love become increasingly intertwined, and a secret from their past is revealed. In French and Persian with English subtitles.


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