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May 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm

316  (Iran, 2014)

Just as Amelie (2001) assumed its heroine’s unique perspective to speak to the general nature of France and Frenchness, writer-director Payman Haghani (A Man Who Ate His Cherries) reflects on recent Iranian experience through one woman’s singular passion for shoes.  As she recalls her life in voiceover, from a childhood interrupted by revolution and war, through adulthood, motherhood and old age, Haghani fills the screen with playful, inventive, striking images framed entirely around people’s footwear.  The result is as beguiling as it is moving.

Noori Pictures.  Executive Producer: Behnaz Eskandarnejad.  Producer: Payman Haghani.  Co-Producer: Payam Haghani.  Director: Payman Haghani.  Screenwriter: Payman Haghani, Hamid Reza Keshani.  Cinematography: Davood Malek Hosseini.  Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari.  Music: Mahyar Afshar.  Sound: Heydar Najafi, Iraj Shahzadi.  Cast: Sara Vazirzadeh (narrator).  DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 72 min.

Preceded by

Pink Nail Polish  (Iran, 2014)

Slowly, cautiously, with a mounting anticipation, a young girl makes her way out into world in director Zhinous Pedram’s lovely, beautifully shot paean to the adventure of girlhood.

Director: Zhinous Pedram.  Blu-ray, color, 6 min.