April 18, 2010 |
The state of Iranian film, circa 2010, is like Iran in miniature: anxious, uncertain and riven by dissension. And interviewing an Iranian filmmaker, like "No One Knows About Persian Cats" director Bahman Ghobadi, is an experience in stereophonic sound: the director and his translator spend as much time arguing over his responses as he spends actually answering questions. Ghobadi is frustrated, and rightly so.
April 23, 2010 |
Rock's beginning was all about youth and rebellion and risk, a bit of history that tends to get lost in an "American Idol" world. So "No One Knows About Persian Cats," a heart-pounding descent into the illegal underground music scene of Tehran comes at you like the scream of an electric guitar. Director Bahman Ghobadi shot it on the run in just 17 days and without a government permit, a choice that landed the crew in jail twice during the production. The camera, also not allowed unless it's rented from the state, could have been confiscated at any time.
April 23, 2009 |
His girlfriend is in jail for espionage and acclaimed Kurdish Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi is thinking about packing up his scripts and editing equipment and heading to Europe. He is tired, he says, of censors and Islamic politics intruding upon his life and art. But Ghobadi, director of spare, poetic films such as "A Time for Drunken Horses," doesn't want to go anywhere until his girlfriend, Roxana Saberi, is freed on appeal.
April 13, 2013 |
UCLA Film & Television Archive's Celebration of Iranian Cinema showcases the work of such contemporary directors as Bahman Ghobadi ("Rhino Season"), Mani Haghighi ("Modest Reception") and Mohammad Shirvani ("Fat Shaker"), as well as paying homage to the country's veteran filmmakers. "A couple of years back, we decided one of the ways we wanted to grow the series for the long term was to look forward and back," said Shannon Kelley, head of public programs for the archive. So the festival kicks off Saturday at the Billy Wilder Theater on a classic note with Bahram Beyzaie's" Downpour," an acclaimed 1972 drama about a Tehranian schoolteacher.
February 9, 2010
Iranian cinema: An article in Friday's Calendar section about the "20th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema" at the Billy Wilder Theatre in Westwood misspelled the last name of filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi as Gohbadi. In addition, the article described the plot of the film "About Elly" as a drama about a woman who disappears while on a pleasure cruise. The woman is on a pleasure trip, not a cruise. If you believe that we have made an error, or you have questions about The Times' journalistic standards and practices, you may contact Deirdre Edgar, readers' representative, by e-mail at readers.
April 3, 2003 |
The Malaysian censorship board has banned the local release of "Marooned in Iraq," a film by acclaimed Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, which details the effect of Saddam Hussein's chemical attacks on the Iraqi Kurds in 1988, according to the British trade publication Screen International. Censorship Film Malaysia described "Marooned in Iraq" as a weapon of U.S. propaganda that could "dangerously jeopardize relations between Malaysia and Iraq."