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About Elly - at the Hackney Picturehouse

“Another coruscating drama wound tight as clockwork from the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose last film, A Separation, won almost every prize it was eligible for on last year’s awards circuit, including an Oscar for best foreign language film.

“Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani), a gregarious young mother and would-be matchmaker, has organised a weekend away for her friends and their children, during which she hopes to pair off Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini), who has recently divorced his German wife, with Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti), a pretty teacher from her daughter’s nursery school.

“The trip starts promisingly with singing and charades – Farhadi coaxes some extraordinarily naturalistic performances out of his entire cast, including the youngsters – but the following morning, panic breaks out when a paddling child is almost swept out to sea. Afterwards, Elly is nowhere to be seen. Did she try to save the child, and drown? Or did she run away? And if so, from whom?

“About Elly actually predates A Separation by two years, but both pictures share the same dramatic DNA. Farhadi’s films are like moral whodunits, and as Sepideh and her friends gradually unearth the truth, he expertly buffets our sympathies in all directions until the very last shot.” – from the Telegraph review

“After the success of director Farhadi's Oscar-winning breakout hit A Separation last year, here is a chance see his stunning drama About Elly, winner of the Silver Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

“Similarly concerned with dissecting contemporary Iranian social mores and class structures, About Elly centres on a group of middle-class friends, gripped by panic when one of their number disappears during an illicit beachside vacation.

“A disturbing and edgy drama from one of the most vital new voices in contemporary world cinema.” – from the Hackney Picturehouse website

Tickets are available from the Hackney Picturehouse website. You will need to buy your own ticket/s.

I would be grateful if all members would contribute £1 on arrival on the evening (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks very much in advance.

If you’d like to stay on for drinks after the screening, let me know. Depending on numbers I’ll make arrangements.

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  • Jane

    Marvellous compelling film with universally strong performances, including by three small children. And a great conversation afterwards with a friendly group of members.

    October 17, 2012

  • Azeem M.

    Great film!

    October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to meeting you all. Should I book my ticket now or get it in the night?

    October 10, 2012

    • Jane

      Whatever suits you best Becky. If you leave it till later there's the possibility that there will be no seats left - but I'd say that's a small possibility. However the film is in a very small screening room (perhaps about 35-40 seats off the top of my head), so if you'd like to avoid ending up in the front row or way off to the side, you might want to book (and pick your own seat) sooner.

      October 10, 2012

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