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Closed Curtain (CIFF)

We will meet on the second floor lobby near the entrance to the Lucky Strike bowling alley/bar. The screening begins at 8:15 and the festival is asking that the audience be seated 15 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased here:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/Chicago-International-Film-Festival-tickets/artist/1642521?Brand=chicagofilm1

Afterward, if there is interest, we can grab a drink nearby and discuss the film. Hope to see you there.

Synopsis:
Closed Curtain
Directors: Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi
Iran
Farsi with English subtitles
106 min
World Cinema

Filmed in secret in defiance of director Jafar Panahi’s 20-year filmmaking ban, Closed Curtain tells the story of a writer whose plans of working in seclusion are disrupted when strangers break into his home. Just as the situation between the mysterious, inquisitive visitors and the paranoid writer reaches its apparent resolution, the film takes a step back with a surreal blend of fiction and autobiographical documentary, as Panahi himself finds the fiction film bleeding into his everyday life.

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  • Al

    Great MeetUp! It was an excellent film choice - there was much to talk about the movie both right after the screening and later at the D4 restaurant. Some of the interesting points that came up were:

    * It was called both "The Iranian Marienbad" and "'Apaptation' via renovation".
    * The "main" character kept serving increasing amounts of drinks, but there was always one left over ("for Elijah", Ken suggested 8)
    * The opening had some interesting similarities to "Funny Games", both in the implicit yet ambiguous threat, and in the idea that your generosity and hospitality gets the punishment it deserves.
    * It also has some similarities to Roman Polanski's "Cul De Sac", with it's goofy, hapless bald main character stuck in a place with two unwelcome guests running from the law. The both even make good use of a twisted staircase. And the scene of walking to the water could be quoting Sterling Hayden's character's fate in "The Long Goodbye" (note his character is also a writer!)

    1 · October 24, 2013

    • Al

      * Revealing the movie posters in a mirror image was brilliant. Since we can't make out the letters right away, we think we're now in a dream world (in dreams you can't read). Plus, since writing goes from right to left in the movie, Western audiences used to left-to-right text might think it's a cultural difference at first. Multiple interpretations of a single shot of posters - not bad for a single mirror image!

      October 24, 2013

    • Al

      * Finally, I personally thought one of the repairmen was a dead ringer for Sascha Baron Cohen. Would Baron Cohen sneak into Iran just to be in an illegal movie of a director under house arrest? Yes, I think he might. 8)

      October 24, 2013

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