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Film Discussion Lunch - Iranian Film

Do you like talking movies?  Do you like eating lunch?  Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type.  For our film discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic
decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style, country or genre. 

In 2011, when the brilliant Iranian drama, A Separation, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film (look for the director’s follow-up, The Past, in theaters at the end of the year), attention was drawn to something getting too big to ignore.  Despite repressive measures from the Iranian government that has driven many of their finest directors into exile or prison, Iran is arguably the center of the most exciting emerging cinema of the last 30
years. If you are seeking original films with a vision and style like no others, Iran has a pretty spectacular selection, which we will discuss at our January lunch. 


The Cow – 1969 (Dariush Mehrjui)

The Cyclist – 1987 (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

Where is the Friend's Home - 1989 (Abbas Kiarostami)

Close Up – 1990 (Abbas Kiarostami)

Hamoun – 1990 (Dariush Mehrjui)

Through the Olive Trees – 1994 (Abbas Kiarostami)

The White Balloon – 1995 (Jafar Panahi)

Gabbeh – 1996 (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

Leila – 1996 (Dariush Mehrjui)

The Mirror – 1996 (Jafar Panahi)

Children of Heaven - 1997 (Majid Majidi) 

Taste of Cherry – 1997 (Abbas Kiarostami)

The Apple - 1998 (Samira Makhmalbaf)

The Pear Tree – 1998 (Dariush Mehrjui)

Two Women - 1999 (Tahmineh Milani) 

The Wind Will Cary Us – 1999 (Abbas Kiarostami)

The Circle – 2000 (Jafar Panahi)

The Day I Became a Woman – 2000 (Marzieh Meshkini)

Kandahar - 2001 (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

Fireworks Wednesday – 2006 (Asghar Farhadi)

Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution – 2006 (Nadir T. Homayoun)

Certified Copy – 2010 (Abbas Kiarostami)

A Separation – 2011(Asghar Farhadi)

This is Not a Film - (Jafar Panahi/Mojtaba Mirtahmasb)

The Past – 2013 (Asghar Farhadi)

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  • Al

    It was an excellent discussion which not only talked about a range of amazing films, but through looking at all the obstacles put by the Iranian government, society, and film industry, we reached a new appreciation for how those films could even get made in the first place!

    The favorite Iranian films of those attending were:

    Lynn: "Certified Copy"
    Brad: "A Separation"
    Alma: "The Circle", "About Elly", "Circumstance"
    Lisa: "A Separation"
    Dan: "Close Up", "A Moment of Innocence"
    Peter: "This is Not a Film"
    Al: "A Separation"

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Jimmy O.

    There's a major family crisis going on and I may nor be able to attend this meeting. The particulars tend to change from day to day. I hope to see you there, but I also must postpone the Board of Organizers meeting planned for this month until after this major crisis is resolved. I apologize, but i will see you, my friends, soon either way.

    January 16, 2014

    • Ron P

      Jimmy, I send my best wishes to you and your family during this crisis. Thanks for all your work running the group over the years. Hopefully you won't be away too long! See you soon. Ron.

      January 25, 2014

    • Jimmy O.

      Thanx, Ron! Till we meet again more than goodbye, stay tuned...

      January 27, 2014

  • lisa

    I liked the discussion alot

    January 26, 2014

  • Peter R.

    Just a quick follow-up to the discussion today. The link below is a listing of the films included in the Siskel Center's upcoming festival.

    2 · January 26, 2014

  • Al

    Here's a great interview with Asghar Farhadi, about "The Past":

    January 21, 2014

  • Brad

    Jackie, its a discussion on a wide range of Iranian films. We won't be screening any though. Thanks for the heads up on the Cousins film. Will keep an eye out for that.

    November 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have a lnk to it somewhere will try to post. Thanks! Maybe I could actually learn about Iranian films before I watch some.

      November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this just a discussion, or the showing of Mark Cousins new bio on Iranian film with Eshan K, a friend of mine.I believe it was shot in Paris and really want to see it! He sent me some clips and info about. Looks mighty interesting.

    November 20, 2013

  • Alma

    I would also add "About Elly"- 2009 (Asghar Farhadi)

    November 10, 2013

  • Tom K

    The only Iranian film I've ever seen is A Separation. Would like to learn more about these other films.

    September 5, 2013

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