Again, we have the opportunity to view an Iranian film. The two that some of us saw in February were so unforgettable, I just have to check this one out.
Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Master Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. This masterpiece of subversive cinema is one of the year’s most acclaimed and essential films. Cleveland premiere. Iran, 2010, color, subtitles, video, 75 min.
Film admission is $9; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, and students $7; or one CMA Film Series voucher.
Parking: Available in the attached garage (Current parking fee is $5 after 5:00 p.m.) or along the street.
Admission to the museum is free. Ask at the front desk where the film will be shown, and we will meetup there before (or after).
Following the movie (around 8:30) we can go to Falafel Cafe, 11365 Euclid Avenue 44106, if we wish to discuss whatever it is we've just seen.
SYNOPSIS: This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence - six years in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking - Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking.
A bold artistic statement, a guided career retrospective, a political act, and a mediation on the very nature of cinema - all at once, with neither self-pity or intellectual elitism to muddy the waters.
~Chris Buckle, The Skinny
Against all odds, an unquenchable artist has made yet another piece of powerful art.
~Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
If this is not a film, it is, among other things, a statement of creative resistance in the face of tyranny and a document of intellectual freedom under political duress.
~A.O. Scott, New York Times
The triumph of This Is Not a Film is not only an artistic one -- the very existence of this movie is a gift. No wonder it came to us in a cake.
~Dana Stevens, Slate
The $5.00 yearly fee (or $1.50 for one movie) goes toward charges incurred for using the MeetUp website. You can access PayPal (see link in left hand column) or pay your fee to the Organizer at the event.