New Meetup: THE SONG OF SPARROWS @ Laemmle Music Hall 3, Friday April 10 @ 7:40 pm

From: Jennifer
Sent on: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 3:22 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: THE SONG OF SPARROWS @ Laemmle Music Hall 3, Friday April 10 @ 7:40 pm

When: April 10,[masked]:15 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Join me Friday evening at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills for the new film THE SONG OF SPARROWS by Iranian master Majid Majidi, the director of Oscar nominee CHILDREN OF HEAVEN and THE COLOR OF PARADISE. I am a huge fan of Iranian cinema and have been looking forward to this film for a few weeks. It starts at 7:40pm, and I will meet you in the lobby around 7:15pm. There is another film playing at the same theatre of Friday that I also want to see: FORBIDDEN LIES. It starts at 10:00pm. I am planning on staying for a double feature if anyone is interested in joining me.

Tickets: Should be on sale tonight.

**I might update with dinner before the film...not sure yet.

**** I have 10 free passes to THE SONG OF SPARROWS. The first 10 to rsvp, get one. If you aren't one of the lucky few, come and join us anyway.

Here is the synopsis of each film:


The luminous and humorous morality tale THE SONG OF SPARROWS is the new film from Iranian master Majid Majidi, the director of Oscar nominee CHILDREN OF HEAVEN and THE COLOR OF PARADISE. It is the winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival and Iran?s selection for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2008 Academy Awards.

The story opens in simple but stunning pastoral Iran, where an unassuming Ostrich farmer, Karim (Berlin winner Reza Naji), fights to support his family. In a string of bad luck, Karim?s daughter loses her expensive hearing aid and Karim suddenly loses his job when an Ostrich comically runs away from the farm. Fortunately, his financial woes are short-lived as Karim stumbles upon an easy way to make money quickly in bustling Tehran, when he inadvertently gives a man a ride on the back of his motorbike in return for a fee, a relatively good sum which prompts him to continue his taxi service on a regular basis. Every day Karim rides into town, bringing back home all kinds of rummage ? old furniture, car parts etc., and soon finds himself entangled in a world of hustle, materialism and greed. When Karim?s relationships with family and friends come close to the boiling point, he must find a way to reconcile his new life with the old. With a cast of wonderful non-professional child actors, THE SONG OF SPARROWS, Majidi?s latest gem in his collection of timeless fables, bursts with humor and humanity.

Writer-director Majid Majidi is the only Iranian director ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. CHILDREN OF HEAVEN, THE COLOR OF PARADISE and BARAN were critical hits when released in the US and abroad. Majidi was one of five international film directors invited to create a documentary short film to introduce the city of Beijing, in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. Grammy-nominated composer and musician Hossein Alizadeh, a master tar and setar player, provides the haunting score.


Norma Khouri is a thief, a saint, a seductress or a sociopath, depending on whom you talk to. Men want to marry her, Islamic extremists want to kill her, and the global publishing industry wishes she would just disappear. Khouri won fame and fortune with her 'true story' Forbidden Love, about a shocking honor killing in Jordan. The book was a runaway bestseller, translated into multiple languages and Khouri became the toast of the literary world. That was until July 2004, when esteemed Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction. Weaving between the literary salons of London, the mosque-lined vistas of Jordan, the beach side suburbs of Queensland and the seamy Chicago back streets of Norma's dubious past, Forbidden Lie$ pits Norma's tale against the stories of the those who believe she duped them: the publishers, the FBI, her next door neighbor...even her husband. But the most compelling character of all is Norma who, encouraged by director Anna Broinowski, journeys through every shade of gray that separates fact from fiction.

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