News ID: 215110
Published: 0151 GMT May 15, 2018

US university celebrating Iranian cinema

US university celebrating Iranian cinema

The Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles, California is hosting the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema.

The theater has scheduled to screen 'Negar', directed by Rambod Javan, on May 18 followed by the acclaimed drama 'Bashu, the Little Stranger', directed by Bahram Beizaie, a day later.

UCLA Film and Television Archive, the internationally renowned visual arts organization, is holding the special event to celebrate Iranian cinema. The event began on April 28 and will continue until May 19.

The visual arts organization is focused on the preservation, study and appreciation of film and television, based at the University of California, Los Angeles.

'Bashu, the Little Stranger' (1985) will be screened on the last day of the event in Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Writer-director Beizaie's landmark film follows young refugee Bashu from his southern home where his family is killed in a bomb attack during the Iran-Iraq War to a northern Iranian village where he is reluctantly taken in by Naii (Susan Taslimi), a farmer's wife with two children already whose husband is off looking for work, wrote.

What follows is a powerful, moving story of difference and acceptance in a country largely perceived as ethnically, linguistically and culturally monolithic.

Beizaie's sensitivity to the plight of the displaced and the trauma of war makes this timeless work as relevant now as ever.

In 1990, the Los Angeles Times described the Beizaie's masterpiece as "a pure joy in which there are absolutely no false moves and both laughter as well as tears. Every movement of the camera, its every placement, its every composition, indeed, every cut in the film is exactly right, serving unobtrusively to tell a story."

The event has also screened '24 Frames' by the late Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami which is a minimalist film triumph narrated through twenty-four hypnotizing frames.

Among the most prominent movies that went on the program's screen are 'Blockage', directed by Mohsen Qaraei, 'Boarding Pass', directed by Mehdi Rahmani, and 'Golden Time', directed by Pourya Kakavand.

The screening list goes on with 'The Home', directed by Asghar Yousefinejad, 'Israfil', directed by Ida Panahandeh, and 'No Date, No Signature', directed by Vahid Jalilvand., Mehr News Agency contributed to the story.

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