May 27 to May 31
Friday to Tuesday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Asghar Farhadi - 2006 - 104m - Iran - In Farsi with English Subtitles
From Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of A SEPARATION and ABOUT ELLY: “a beautifully paced drama about marital infidelity” (Deborah Young, Variety). Fireworks Wednesday (aka Red Wednesday, this year March 16) is a joyous holiday celebrating the Persian New Year with bonfires, firecrackers, and dancing in the streets. Farhadi counterpoints the festivities with a simmering domestic intrigue observed by Rouhi, a young maid (Taraneh Alidoosti, Elly of ABOUT ELLY), who cleans for a married couple. When the wife accuses her husband of having an affair with a divorced neighbor, Rouhi, once buoyant about her own upcoming wedding, starts having second thoughts. Employing intricate plotting and shifting perspectives as he did in A SEPARATION, Farhadi creates “a thoroughly engrossing and densely textured drama, showing (his) cool skill in dissecting the Iranian middle classes and the unhappiness of marriage.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)
“This compelling, corrosive account of male-female relationships in today’s Tehran is tempered by genuine compassion for the individuals concerned; wisely, Farhadi never serves judgement on them in their troubled pursuit of truth, love and happiness. Intelligent, illuminating and directed with unflashy expertise.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out New York
A thoroughly engrossing and densely textured drama, showing Farhadi’s cool skill in dissecting the Iranian middle classes and the unhappiness of marriage.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
May 27 to May 31
Friday to Tuesday 3:45, 8:15
Dir. Hany Abu-Assad - 2016 - 95m - Palestine - In Arabic with English subtitles
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PARADISE NOW & OMAR!
SEE A GREAT L.A. TIMES ARTICLE HERE!
Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair but to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. It’s where they, along with their best friends Ahmad and Omar, play music, football and dare to dream big. Their band might play on second hand, beaten up instruments but their ambitions are sky-high. For Mohammed and Nour, nothing less than playing the world famous Cairo Opera Hall will do. It might take them a lifetime to get there but, as Mohammed will find out, some dreams are worth living for.
Along the way, Mohammed will experience tragedy and loss. The world around him will shatter. Through it all, however, he will somehow retain the hope that his voice will somehow deliver him from the pain that surrounds him and bring joy to others. He sings at weddings, he drives a taxi to pay for his university studies. Even as the siege around Gaza intensifies, the prison around them ever more forbidding, Mohammed knows he has a rare gift. To make people smile and forget their troubles.
And so, in front of him on TV one evening lies an impossible dream: the auditions for Arab Idol, the most popular show in the Arab world, are taking place in Cairo. The borders are closed. There is no way out. Somehow, he finds a way and makes it in front of the judges in Egypt. From there, destiny awaits, a chance to change his life and give a voiceless people the greatest feeling of all: the freedom to love, live and feel free.
“A refreshing reminder that no matter where you're from, everyone can relate to the dream of becoming a rock star who makes his or her people smile.” - Lauren Terry, Willamette Week