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April 25, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Rakhshan Banietemad.

Please note: Tickets for this screening have sold out.  No tickets are available online or at the box office, and there will be no stand-by line at this screening.  We regret that we are unable to offer UCLA students free tickets to this screening.

Tales  (Iran, 2014)


Co-writer-director Rakhshan Banietemad’s return to fiction filmmaking, greeted with the Best Screenplay award at Venice, is a tour-de-force portrait of a people and a society at the breaking point.  In a series of interlocking short stories, Banietemad takes up the lives of characters from some of her previous films [Gilenah (2005), The Blue-Veil (1995), etc.] to find them still struggling for some degree of personal freedom and dignity.  The film’s pervading sense of despair makes it all the more poignant when some do manage to find it, even if in fleeting glimpses in the night.

Iran Novin Film.  Producer: Rakhshan Banietemad.  Director: Rakhshan Banietemad.  Screenwriter: Rakhshan Banietemad, Farid Mostafavi.  Cinematography: Koohyar Kalari.  Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab.  Cast: Fatemeh Motamed Aria, Payman Maadi, Baran Kosari, Farhad Aslani, Mohammadreza Forootan.  DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 91 min.