Films For Bostonians

Museum of Fine Arts in Boston hosts a showing of Iranian films from November 10 to December 3, 2006. (Thanks go to the East Coast colleague who pointed me to the film festival at MFA.)

I highly recommend "Cease Fire," a film made by director Tahmineh Milani only last year. It is really a man vs. woman farce complete with a character who is seeking a sex transformation surgery. (Yes, they make movies like that in the Islamic Republic of Iran.) I should add that "Cease Fire" falls far short of the usual films Iranian directors have dished to international film festivals but it is a great example of Iranian pop films which rarely make it abroad. "Cease Fire" has broken all previous box-office records in Iran. Of course, that is nothing to compare with the numbers from Ballywood or Hollywood.


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