January 19, 2013 · 11:45 AM
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Join us for a day at the movies! CUNY's union of faculty and professional staff at CUNY are sponsoring a series of films this year to counter Islamaphobia. This Saturday January 19th will feature two films, Oscar winner for best foreign film A Separation and "the best Iranian film in history", Close Up.
This 2012 winner of best foreign film Oscar and the Golden Bear for Best Film and multiple wins for its actors at the Berlin Film Festival, and many other film festivals, A Separation has made an impact around the world. With its fast pace and claustrophobic atmosphere, this detective, courtroom drama forms a nexus of interrelated ideas, of class, social attitudes, family obligations, gender differences, financial concerns, and moral beliefs ranging from the religious to the practical. The audience relates to the lies and the flaws of each character in the film.
Based on a news story Kiarostami read in the newspaper, the film shows the man who impersonated a real Iranian filmmaker, who plays himself in the film, and follows the real court case prosecuting the man for the dissimulation. Characteristically, Kiarostami leads spectators to question the status of the film they are watching as they seek to identify what is real in the film. Close-up was voted the best Iranian film in history by Iranians, and Kiarostami was voted the most important director of the 1990s by U.S. critics.