Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' Takes Palme D'Or
The Palme d’Or went to Ken Loach’s well-regarded I, Daniel Blake, a social drama about an ailing carpenter’s struggle against the bureaucracy of..
Iranian star Shahab Hosseini wins best actor award at Cannes
The Best Actor prize has been awarded to Shahab Hosseini by Kirsten Dunst and Katayoon Shahabi, for his role in..
‘The Salesman’ Signals a Cinematic Resurgence in Iran
Why Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Signals a Post Nuclear Deal Cinematic Resurgence in Iran? It stood out as..
Behzadi's ‘Inversion’
Cannes Film Review

Behnam Behzadi's new film is a quietly dramatic tale of a woman in Tehran who is not as liberated as she thinks she is. This isn’t Los Angeles, it’s Tehran..
Refn's The Neon Demon
Cannes 2016
“Beauty isn’t everything… it’s the only thing.” Refn’s latest and best, The Neon Demon, is the culmination of his decades-long fascination with human..
Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson"
Cannes 2016

Jim Jarmusch’s new movie is a quiet delight: the story of a gentle, artistic man and his wife which celebrates small-town life and dreams without..
Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann
Cannes review
You don’t often hear the furrowed crowd at Cannes applaud during a picture. They did more at Maren Ade’s singular Tony Erdmann. They did a bit of whooping..
Jeff Nichols' 'Loving'
Exploring American history

Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married. The story behind the historic Civil Rights..
The Festival de Cannes has decided to add another film as a Special Screening: Peshmerga by Bernard-Henri Lévy. 'This film, which we have just discovered, offers a close-up look at the Kurdish..'
Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015)
This expertly written, brilliantly acted film documents the painful five-year process for one woman attempting to obtain a divorce..
Joachim Trier’s Louder than bombs
The Quest for Authenticity in Post-Existential Age. In his new film Louder than bombs Norwegian director Joachim Trier masterfully captures..
The Salesman (2016)
Asghar Farhadi's seventh feature joins the Cannes competition. Asghar Farhadi is in the running for the Palme d'Or; David Mackenzie is in Un Certain Regard; Richet has a midnight screening..
Samsara (2012)
The Strangeness and Wonder of our Planet
Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, "Samsara" transports us to the varied..
T Boy (2014)
Short Film from Qatar

A young Indian IT professional who has moved to Doha on the promise of lucrative employment, ends up in a job making tea for the employees of an..
Wit (2001)
When a movie hurts too much
The experience with "Wit" was a revelation. Yes, movies can be immediate and real to us.. The teleplay by Nichols and Emma Thompson is based on..
Olof Palme:
Loved and Hated

Thirty years after he was shot to death on the streets of Stockholm, Olof Palme is still making headlines in Sweden today...
'Fire At Sea' winner of Golden Bear for Best Film
The European migrant crisis has found its cinematic Pietà in Fire At Sea, Italian director Gianfranco Rosi’s powerful, at times shocking but also intensely human..
’24 Weeks’
Berlin Film Review

The second feature from Anne Zohra Berrached addresses one of the most difficult decisions that a woman may have to make in her life..
“Life+1 Day” leads nominations at Iran's Fajr festival
Saeid Rustai’s poverty and drug movie “Life+1 Day” received nine nominations in various categories including best film..
“Lanturi” warns of rise of intolerance
A distinguished director from the new generation of Iranian cinema, Reza Dormishian, warns of the rise of intolerance in society..
‘Sonita’ & 'The Birth of a Nation’ among big winners at Sundance awards
Park City • The World Cinema Documentary competition yielded another double winner: "Sonita," the story of..
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
One of the more pleasant surprises of TIFF 2014, the film adapts the poetry of Lebanese artist, poet, and writer Kahlil Gibran in a series of vignettes similar to Disney’s Fantasia..
Ettore Scola dies at 84
The film director Ettore Scola, a leading figure in Italian cinema for more than three decades, has died at the age of 84..
Oscars So White?
Or Oscars So Dumb?

The outcry over the nomination of 20 white actors, and no black ones, for the coming Academy Awards gained momentum on Monday..
‘A War’ (2015)
Venice Film Review
Tobias Lindholm's engrossing, impeccably sensitive Afghanistan War drama makes good on the promise of 'A Hijacking.'..
The Danish Girl (2015)
a beautiful and moving biopic

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they..
'45 Years' (2015)
A Moving Marital Drama
Make no mistake. “45 Years” is no polite tea-and-toast domestic drama, even if the central characters onscreen are a childless retired couple..
Queen of Earth (2015)
Down the road of depression

We feel something bad is going to happen. Will Catherine kill herself? Kill someone else? Her world has shattered and every way in which she defines..
Tesla's Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues
A century ago, Nikola Tesla dreamed of sending free wireless energy from a mysterious tower and lab called..
Sicario (2015)
Film Review

There are in fact, no good guys in “Sicario,” only men compromised on a sliding scale of grey by the international drug trade..
“Bitter Dream”
screened after a 12-year ban
Last week, the movie received the cultural officials approval for premiering at the Art and Experience Cinemas in Iran, the movie theaters that are..
The Pope's Toilet
Humble Hope in Hard Times

An offbeat charmer, The Pope's Toilet is a humorous, well-crafted tale with plenty of heart and a poignant social message. Inspired by the visit of Pope John Paul..
Under Electric Clouds
The film explores a motif familiar to German Jr film buffs: the tension between freedom and its absence which lies at the centre of life among Russia’s intelligentsia..
Words with Gods
Sometimes Look Up

“Words with Gods” are short cinematic meditations on faith and consciousness masterminded by writer-director Guillermo Arriaga. The full omnibus will..
Iran’s only representative at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, ‘Wednesday, May 9’ by Vahid Jalilvand will compete in the Horizon section of the event. Beginning September 2, the festival offers 55 new..
Hong Kong’s New Wave

Relishing Wong Kar-wai’s first masterpiece, DAYS OF BEING WILD. Hong Kong was the Hollywood of East Asia through the sixties and seventies..
Understanding Asghar Farhadi
An Iranian Canadian critic engages with Farhadi’s films and her own roots. Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema is the first English book about the great director..
IFF - San Francisco 2015
Welcome to the 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. This year, once again, IFF will present the best Iranian films..
Turkish touch in Venice film fest. Orhan Pamuk has created what may be the single most powerfully beautiful, humane and affecting work of contemporary art..
Abluka (Frenzy)
Award-winning Turkish film director Emin Alper’s latest movie will contest this year’s Venice International Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday. It centers on the story of two brothers..
Inequality for All
In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic-policy expert Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality, and addresses the question of what effects..
Where to Invade Next
“The issue of the United States at infinite war is something that has concerned me for quite some time, and provides the necessary satire for this film, said Moore..
Listen Up Philip
if this distinctively funny and disconcerting new film by Alex Ross Perry, is your first exposure to his work, one question you might have on exiting is “What kind of person makes a movie like this?”
The Matador
"I facilitate fatalities"

Richard Shepard balances the macabre and the sentimental, and understands that although his film contains questions like "don't successful people always...
Detained 50+ times
Why was Laura Poitras Oscar-winning Snowden documentarian detained 50+ times in US airports? Laura Poitras has filed suit to find out why she was stopped and searched...
Orson Welles:
The Great Disruptor

Orson Welles’ passion for innovation spurred both his meteoric rise and his fall from grace. A century after his birth, Orson Welles’ position as a titan of...
Actors pay tribute to Omar Sharif
ANTONIO Banderas, Barbra Streisand and filmmaker Roland Emmerich are leading the tributes to acting icon Omar Sharif, who has died aged 83...
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
A film that blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour...
My Sweet Orange Tree (2012)
The film follows the story of Zezé, a little and very imaginative and sensitive but misunderstood boy. He lives in a very humble house with an unemployed and...
The Film of Disquiet (2010)
A restless film based in fragments of The Book of Disquiet, by Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. Lisbon today. In a room of a house at Douradores Street, a man invents dreams and...
Wild Tales (2015)
Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people...
The Man Who Saved The World (2014)
The man who saved the world and who, in his own words, is not a hero, lives in a small apartment full of empty vodka bottles, has lost his family and is wavering...
Amour fou (2015)
Amour Fou is inspired by the life and death of the poet Heinrich von Kleist and his partner in death, Henriette Vogel. Berlin, 1810: Heinrich von Kleist, a despondent young poet/dramatist...
The Age of Adaline (2015)
Not many movies go from "eh" to "wow." "The Age of Adaline" is one of them. The story of a woman who miraculously survives a car wreck and emerges as an ageless being...
Miss Julie (2014)
Liv Ullmann's adaptation of the classic Strindberg play “Miss Julie” tells the story clearer than any words could do. Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of...
The Palme d’Or for Jacques Audiard and The Grand Prix for Son of Saul
The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival drew to a close tonight by unveiling its awards list, which...
‘Nahid’ • Cannes Film Review
Temporary marriage, Iranian-style, takes center stage in director Ida Panahandeh's sensitive, well-acted and reasonably absorbing...
A Palme d’honneur to
Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d’or during the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes. Previously, only Woody Allen, in 2002,..
Matteo Garrone's
Tale of Tales (2015)
Selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, 'The Tale of Tales' is an upcoming English-language film, starring Salma Hayek,..
Shame (2011)
Brandon is compelled to repeat the same behavior over and over, he never reveals emotion. He lives like a man compelled to follow an inevitable course and all he gets from it is self-loathing...
Cannes Classics 2015
Costa-Gavras as guest of honor, a double celebration of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles, Ousmane Sembène the « father of African cinema, » Gaumont with a place of honor, Argentinians...
Thomas Vinterberg's
'Far From the Madding Crowd'

Nicely served on both sides of the camera, this is a concise and involving rendition of a resilient young woman who comes into property in Victorian ...
Lars von Trier • Interview
‘I’ve started drinking again, so I can work’. Lucy Cheung met von Trier at the Zentropa studio in Denmark to talk about sex, alcoholism and his reaction to the Copenhagen shootings...
Martin Scorsese Presents:
Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Martin Scorsese has recently overseen a project restoring some of Poland's greatest films to their former glory..
Tracks (2014) • Review
A truly outstanding cinema experience
Mia Wasikowska stars in the astonishing true story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 set out on a solo 2,700-kilometre...
The Turin Horse • Review
Bela Tarr’s Final Film

Béla Tarr’s final film, provides a fictionalized account of what happened to the horse Friedrich Nietzsche tried to protect from a whipping..
A Most Violent Year (2014)
"What Good is The American Dream If You Can't Sleep At Night Because Of The Things You Did To Achieve It." The film's title refers to an actual, statistical designation: 1981 was the most ...
13 Assassins • Review
A Last Hurrah for the Samurai Code

"13 Assassins" has what many action pictures need, a villain who transcends evil and ascends to a realm of barbaric..
A Tale of Samurai Cooking (2013)
Short-order shogun trains her husband, a young man from a renowned family of samurai chefs, to be a kitchen Kurosawa in this tasty Japanese drama...
Mr. Turner • Review
The interconnectedness of all things

Led by a masterful performance from Timothy Spall and brilliantly directed by Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner is a superior..
Away from Her: The Mercy of Simple Truth
An accomplished directorial debut by Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a touching exploration of the effects of Alzheimer's, in which the tender...
Portugal bids farewell to Manoel de Oliveira
The oldest active filmmaker in the world, Manoel de Oliveira, passed away this week at the age of 106. Besides being the most internationally acclaimed..
Borgen: The Complete Series
Danish television, however is in a Golden Age of genre thrillers like "The Killing", "The Bridge" and "Those Who Kill". Scandinavian films have never been...
MOMMY • XAVIER DOLAN's fifth feature
Dolan's energy and attack is thrilling; his movie is often brilliant and very funny in ways which smash through the barriers marked Incorrect and Inappropriate..
Atlan • winner of iranian Cinema Vérité 1st prize
The story follows a season in the life of a young horse riding instructor and his relationship with his horse. It is a rich and honest portrayal of the harsh life of..
68th Festival de Cannes
poster time

It's poster time at the Festival de Cannes! The 68th Festival de Cannes (13-24 May 2015) has chosen to pay tribute to Ingrid Bergman...
My Old Lady • review
An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident. The movie begins with Kline’s character, coming into Paris full of hope and excitement: his late father, while..
The Imitation Game (2014)
“Sometimes, it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one imagines.” On one hand, this is a tense World War II thriller about a stellar team of Brits who cracked Nazi...
The Theory of Everything
Movie review
A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine..
Film Review • A Few Cubic Meters of Love
Afghanistan's foreign-language Oscar entry is an earnest but affecting social-issue drama. Set in a shantytown on the outskirts of Tehran where a..
A tale of Gypsy slavery in 19th-century Romania
Radu Jude’s third feature explores the social inequalities of those times, but also the relationship we have with the past...
Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' • wins Golden Bear at Berlinale
The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival has drawn to a close with Darren Aronofsky's jury settling on awards for films in competition. Jafar Panahi's "Taxi"
Crazy Face
wins 5 awards at Fajr Film Festival
Tehran, Iran: Last night at the award ceremony of Fajr Film Fesstival, Crazy Face (Rokhe Divaneh) won 5 awards...
Map to the Stars • The Dark Heart of Hollywood
The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals...
Berlin Review:
Jafar Panahi's ​Enjoyable Act Of Dissidence​ 'Taxi'​
Iranian director Jafar Panahi has turned himself into a taxi driver to produce a vibrant portrait of the Iranian capital...
8th Annual Iranian Film Festival • San Francisco
Call for entries are open for the 8th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco. Deadline to submit films: July 15, 2015. San Francisco...
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
A man trapped in bureaucracy and shackled by a government that doesn’t give him the trust or tools he needs to do his job. He is an intelligence expert in Hamburg, Germany, a place that will...
Under the Skin (2014)
Is it a pretentious gloss on a very old story about men's fear of women, and women's discomfort with their own allure? Does it contain mysteries that can only be unpacked with repeat...
Nightcrawler (2014)
"If it bleeds, it leads"
A film about a private, ruthless loner who pursues his dream his way, always, and whose path through the world is marked by the bloodstains of the people he's...
The Good Lie (2014)
I could tell the good lie and say the movie is perfect. It's not. It's often earnest to a fault and fearful of its deeper, darker implications. Still, you won't leave The Good Lie unmoved...
Boyhood (2014) • Review
Why the Unanimous Praise for 'Boyhood' Is Bad for Film Criticism — and for 'Boyhood'. "Boyhood's" near-perfect scores on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes drown out the voices ...
Big Eyes (2014)
who gets to say what is and is not art? Should popularity be equalled with bad? "Big Eyes" is full of fascinating questions about the meaning of art, the concept of popularity, and and what it means to...
Maria finds herself caught between two worlds. At school this 14-year-old girl has all the typical teenage interests, but when she’s at home with her family...
Birdman (2014)
Thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from...
Inherent Vice (2014)
The phrase "Inherent Vice" refers to "the tendency in physical objects to deteriorate because of the fundamental instability of the components of which they are made...
The Fault in Our Stars • Review
"Pain demands to be felt. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities." It should be agonizing, this tale of doomed love between cancer-stricken teens...
American Sniper • Review
Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject...
Berlinale 2015 Lineup
New films by Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog and more added to the Competition. Last month, the Berlinale announced the first seven titles lined up for the Competition...
Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre
Are the worst really full of passionate intensity? “The best” are no longer able fully to engage, while “the worst” engage in racist, religious, sexist fanaticism...
Force Majeure (Turist)

Ruben Ostlund dissects a family's behaviour following an act of paternal cowardice in an intelligent film with a human side, unveiled in Un Certain Regard...
Gestures • Nuri Bilge Ceylan
More than any other filmmaker today, Nuri Bilge Ceylan seems closer to taking the medium to another level — to something that is literary as well as...
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (2014)
Since the story conveys a sense of pervasive political corruption, it has been read as a daring and scathing critique of conditions in Vladimir Putin’s Russia...
'Labor Day' (2013) • Review
It's hard to be a teenager and the man in the house at the same time. The last weekend of summer vacation is going to change the 13-year-old Henry Wheeler's life...
Ida (2013) • Big winner at European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida was the big winner at this year’s European Film Awards in Riga, picking up five awards, including the top honour of ...
Still Alice (2014) • Review
With a combination of power and grace, Julianne Moore elevates “Still Alice” above its made-for-cable-television trappings, and delivers one of the more memorable performances of her career...
Two Days, One Night (2014) • Dardenne Brothers
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one...
The Possibilities Are Endless (2014) • Review
There’s a disjointed beauty in this visualisation of a man struggling to recollect the facts of his life; a lot of power in the fight to rebuild the link between...
LABOUR OF LOVE (2014) • Aditya Vikram's first feature
Set in the crumbling environs of Calcutta, Labour of Love is a lyrical unfolding of two ordinary lives suspended in the duress of a spiralling recession...
Melbourne (2014)
wins Best Film at Cairo IFF

Iranian film 'Melbourne' wins Best Film at 36th Cairo International Film Festival. Closing ceremony at Giza plateau announces awards...
Masterclass: Joshua Oppenheimer • Interview
Two films, which have put a before and after in modern documentary filmmaking. DOX: TV has talked with director Joshua Oppenheimer - the winner of this year's...
Movie Review
Citizenfour (2014)

Though superlatives can mischaracterize any movie’s qualities, it is not an overstatement, I think, to call “Citizenfour,” the movie of the century...
‘Silent Heart’
San Sebastian Review

Masterfully crafted family drama which tackles its tricky theme with a surfeit of restrained good taste. Bille August’s powerful, nuanced issues item explores...
We are Journalists
Danish documentary from 2014

On 27 December 2009, Ahmad Farahani, an exiled Iranian filmmaker and journalist, sees an innocent man being killed on the street, but neither Ahmad or his...
Film Review:
‘Silent Heart’ by Bille August

Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their terminally-ill mother's desire to die before her disease...
From Denmark to Afghanistan:
Afghan writer-director Shahrbanoo Sadat is raising money for a portrait of the village where she grew up – “where children must work all day, but still have a childhood...
Still an effectively scary film, this is a welcome reissue for Hallowe'en. One of the most evergreen of science-fiction films...
Busan IFF
‘End of Winter’ and ’13’ Share Top Awards

Top prizes at the Busan International Film Festival were shared between Iranian Hooman Seyedi’s “13” and Korean...
Fish & Cat
Busan International Film Festival

Shot in a single take, the spooky and beautiful Fish & Cat is one of the most original films at this year’s festival...
Film of the week: Gone Girl
Dark, intelligent, and stylish. The movie is sick joke, a fable and a lament. It's "He done her wrong" and "She done him wrong." It's "Men are spineless pigs" and "Hell hath no fury like a woman...
The Green Prince
N. Schirman • Interview

Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman's documentary retraces the details of a highly unprecedented...
Timbuktu (2014)
The Nightmarish Perversion of "Justice"

Timbuktu is silent, the doors closed, the streets empty. No more music, no tea, no cigarettes, no bright colors, no laughs...
Boyhood • One of the great films of the decade
Richard Linklater's beautiful time-lapse study of a boy from age five to 18 is a Bildungsroman for modern American cinema. Like the fabled Jesuit,..
Macondo (2014)
Abu Dhabi Film Fest 2014

I discovered Macondo by accident. I had heard there was a settlement on the outskirts of Vienna that had been housing refugees since the 1950s...
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
to Host the Film Foundation

ADFF has announced a collaboration with Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation/ World Cinema Project (WCP). As part of the collaboration, two newly restored...
Short Film "Room 8"
BAFTA winner 2014

Room 8 went on to gain much critical acclaim worldwide and won the Best Live Action Short Film at the 2014 BAFTAs. In 2013, Geoffrey Fletcher directed a...
The Forgiveness of Blood

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, the powerful second feature from Joshua Marston (MARIA FULL OF GRACE)...
Today (Emrouz) (2014)
By award-winning director

Today is a profound testament to the enduring power of empathy and fellow feeling in an increasingly cruel and prejudicial world...
Iran Selects ‘Today’
for Foreign Language Oscar

Iran has returned to the foreign-language Academy Award race with the selection of Reza Mirkarimi’s “Today” (Emrooz) as its contender...
A look at modern Serbia's youth

A depiction of Serbian youth brought up in a time of economic and moral demise. Told through the character of Luka, a small town football hooligan...
The Making of a Martyr

What makes their journey so compelling, and this portrait so eye-opening, is that these young men are not politically motivated until they are recruited...
The Riahi Brothers'
Everyday Rebellion

Everyday Rebellion is a cinema documentary and cross-media project about the power of creative, nonviolent activism and modern civil disobedience...
Returning from 81 days of solitary detention and under house arrest, China’s most celebrated and provocative artist suffers from a sleeping disorder and memory loss...
The Golden Lion goes to Roy Andersson
the Golden Lion for Best Film went to Swedish director Roy Andersson for A Pigeon Sat on A Branch Reflecting on Existence, the film with the longest title...
Movie review
The Words (2012)

Almost every word Ernest Hemingway wrote in the years immediately before 1922 was lost by his first wife Hadley, who packed the pages in a briefcase...
Red Rose (2014)
Tehran. June 13th 2009

A politically complacent middle-aged man and a young pro-democracy activist debate about the future of their country while hiding from...
Everything we know so far

Rosewater, the much anticipated directorial debut from Jon Stewart which stars Gael García Bernal, premieres at the Telluride Film Festival...
Black Souls (2014)
Portrait of a criminal family

"The mafia is the only working organization in Calabria", an artist with cynical sharpness once said, while a multitude of anthropologists told us...
Venice Days 2014
The Cut: The Armenian Genocide

The latest film by Fatih Akin is in competition at the Venice Film Festival and tells the story of the epic quest of...
Venice Days 2014
The President

is the story of a dictator of an imaginary country in the Caucasus, who is forced to escape following a coup d’état, and begins a journey to discover...
Venice Days 2014
Indonesia massacre & Iran sanctions impact

Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and...
Venice Days 2014
Bani-Etemad's Tales

Entering the race for the prestigious Golden Lion prize at this year's 71st Venice Film Festival, Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's Tales (Ghesse-ha, 2014)...
Venice Days 2014
The Look of Silence

The 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival has welcomed the new documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of 2012’s The Act of Killing...
Lauren Bacall
smoky-voiced Hollywood legend

James Agee called her “the toughest girl a piously regenerate Hollywood has dreamed of in a long, long while”...
Robin Williams
a big heart and a staggering talent

The news of the death of this mercurial performer has come as a shock - but his brilliance was always tinged with ...
On My Way
Catherine Deneuve hits the road

The film is replete with tributes not only to Truffaut, Techine and other directors Deneuve has acted for earlier in her...
Tony Takitani (2006)

Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, Tony Takitani is a dreamlike and evocative meditation on loneliness. Left to bring himself up by his touring musician father...
Gaza besieged:
tunnels, smuggling and the Israeli blockade

Photographer Bruno Stevens on life for the Palestinians of Gaza living under the Israeli blockage, and the extensive...
Children of Syria
BBC Documentary

With access across the Syrian conflict's frontlines, Lyse Doucet follows the lives of six children over six months and offers insight into a country being torn apart...
Dancing Arabs (2014)
Eyad,a boy from an Arab village has the opportunity to attend a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem. Eyad tries hard to fit in with the Jewish-Israeli culture of the late 1980s. He develops a close...
James Garner
Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

James Garner, for more than 50 years one of Hollywood's most likable leading men on the big screen and on TV,...
Shadow People • Interview
Shadow People tells the story of people who are on the margins of our society, people who are in the shadows that you cannot see! I wanted to shed light on these people...
Pulp Farsi (2013)
The Bizarre Reality of a Nation

If there was one country, where the word dichotomy had to be used, it would be Iran. Paradoxically religion is...
Kim Ki-Duk film to open Venice Days
Now on his twentieth film South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk has chosen Venice Days for the international debut of his latest effort, “One on One”...
Mood Indigo (2014)
The sets of “Mood Indigo” are breathtaking, one is overwhelmed with images, ideas, words and a fear of blinking lest we miss a single visual spark of this colored visual poem...
7th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco
Save the Dates for the 7th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, a showcase for the independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from...
Her (2013)
Eternal Love to an Unseen Soul Mate

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that’s designed to...
In Order of Disappearance
A rip-roaring revenge tale

“To be able to laugh about morbid things, the absurd moments in life, can be liberating”. A father becomes a killer on a quest to find the truth behind his son's death....
The Terminal (2004)
Viktor Navorski is a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe. His homeland erupts in a fiery coup, while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport from nowhere...
Blue Jasmine
Perhaps Woody Allen's Cruelest-Ever Film

Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there's only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take...
When Animals Dream
the wolf and the lamb

An initiation story on the transformation of a normal girl who discovers she is a werewolf as she transitions from adolescence into adulthood...
Niki Karimi and Amos Gitai
to Chair Edinburgh juries

Iranian actress and filmmaker Niki Karimi will head the panel of jury for the Best International Feature Film Competition in the upcoming Edinburgh International...
Gilles Jacob
Honored at Cannes

Mr. Jacob is widely credited with not allowing commercial pressures to weigh too heavily on the films selected for competition...
Awards Winners

The Palme d’or was awarded to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Winter Sleep. It was presented to him by the American actress Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino...
Leila Hatami

Discovered in Asghar Farhadi's film A Separation in 2011, Leila Hatami is one of the nine members of the Jury for this edition of the Festival de Cannes...
Abbas Kiarostami

Poet, painter, photographer... At the age of 73, Abbas Kiarostami is a director whose talent is not only expressed on screen, although it is through his films...
Cannes 2014
Ken Loach's Jimmy’s Hall

A provocative portrait of Ireland in the thirties. Ken Loach turns once again to the portrayal of a powerful and uncompro- mising character. Perhaps one of...
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Ballad of Tara - Tcherike-ye Tara (1979)


Tara, the young beautiful widow, returns with her two little kids from country to her village.

In her way home, she finds out that her grandfather has passed away.

She distributes grandpa's belongings among her neighbours. But there remains an old sword that no one accepts it.

One day on the road, she meets an old-time warrior. He claims that his clan have sent him to present time to take the old sword back.

Tara finally submits the sword to him, but he comes back saying that he has fallen in her love. -- IMDb

Susan Taslimi, Siamak Atlassi, Reza Babak, Mahin Deyham, Manuchehr Farid, Mohammad Poursattar, Sami Tahasuni

Photography: Mehrdad Fakhimi


A summary by Hajir Daryoush

Tcherikeh is a Kurdish word, meaning a recounting, in oral tradition, of any tale of individual love linked to collective destiny, of intimate passion seen in the light of tribal upheavals of epic dimensions.

The Tcherikeh of Tara is Bahram Beizai's last film shot before the Revolution with post production completed after the Imperial regime was toppled. It is the most articulate and at the same time the most ambiguous opus yet by arguably the most aesthetic of Iranian film-makers.

It tells the bizarre tale of Tara, a desirable, stubborn peasant woman, a devoted mother, and her encounter with a scarred, wounded soldier clad in ancient attire, who has surfaced from the depths of history to claim a sword his tribe has lost and Tara has inherited from a grand-father.

After much argument, they fall for each other, but do not consummate their love, as "one cannot make love to the past."

While the villagers are either performing or watching the religious rite of Ta'azieh, the soldier, after evoking a poignant tale of defeat and finally offering serene thanks to the woman's deep affection, disappears beneath the menacing waves of the Caspian.

Tara is thus free to espouse her time, and to look forward, but with apprehension, to the future.

This clumsy synopsis does not do justice to a film whose rich narrative texture an complex ritual structure accommodate, and indeed invite, different levels of reading.

One way to pierce the thick metaphorical layer of this courageous work is to consider Tara as an allegory for Iran and the soldier as, obviously, her history.

And it is a history that cuts one to the heart, full of dust and blood through episode after episode of repression, uprising, promises unkept, betrayals and, in a word, sheer pain.

The ending, however, is not pessimistic. The soldier leaves the old sword with the woman, who has now learned how to use it. After a valiant, albeit futile, struggle against savage, conquering sea waves, the ifnal image of the film shows her anticipation still worse to come, yet determined and assured.

From the face-to-face encounter with her heritage of the damned, her archetypal unconscious, she emerges a new person, almost salvaged, as though at last, all by herself, the eternal female, the goddess of the millenary land, ready to uproot evil.

Beyzai is not only a creator, but also a sholar who has undertaken and published extensive research on Persian and eastern forms of theatrical representation. Here, he puts his knowledge to efficient use.

The many stylistic twirsts of The Tcherikeh of Tara, dramatically, although perhaps not visually, more polished than in Stranger and the Fog, owe much to the ancient forms of Persian passion-plays and the distanciation methods they used to enhance the overall effect of their performance.

If the film sometimes reminds the Western audience of Japanese masters, it is mainly due to a series of similarities between Persian and fareastern pictorial, gestual and anrrative styles, not merely a resultof cinematic influences, although Beizai has never camouflaged his admiration for Kurosawa.

With the future of the fledgling Iranian cinema more uncertain now than ever, The Tcherikeh of Tara deserves to be seen again and again by cinephiles, historians and sociologists alike in the hope that it may shed some light on the true nature of a most enigmatic people. -- Hagir Daryoush 
  Ballad of Tara - Tcherike-ye Tara (1979)

About this movie

Title: Ballad of Tara - Tcherike-ye Tara (1979)
Directed by: Bahram Beizai
Date of birth: 26 December 1938, Tehran, Iran
Writing credits: Bahram Beizai
Music: Traditional Persian folk tunes

Year: 1979
Country: Iran
Language: Farsi
Color: Color
Runtime: 103 min.


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