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Boarding Pass  /  Simulation

May 5, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Mehdi Rahmani.

Note:  due to unforeseen circumstances, our screening of Invasion has been canceled.

West Coast Premiere!

Boarding Pass  (Iran, 2018)

Kart-e parvaz

Locked in a custody battle with her ex-husband over their young son and desperate for cash, Neda turns to smuggling heroin over the border as a way out. When a veteran drug mule, Mansour, sees Neda, pale and shaky, at the airport, he knows something has gone terribly wrong with her and reluctantly agrees to get her medical help. Thus begins a gripping race against time through Tehran’s criminal underground where everything has its price.

DCP, color, 88 min.  Director: Mehdi Rahmani.  Producer: Mehdi Rahmani, Bahman Kamyar.  Screenwriter: Mir Arabi, Mehdi Rahmani, Babak Mirzakhani.  Cinematographer: Mohammad Rasouli.  Editor: Mohammadreza Muini.  Music: Babak Mirzakhani.  Cast: Mansour Shahbazi, Neda Jebraeili, Mohammad-ali Najafi, Asghar Rafie Jam, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh.


Los Angeles Premiere!

Simulation  (Iran, 2017)


With a nod to Lars Von Trier’s Dogville (2003) and riding an emerging wave of formal experimentation among young Iranian filmmakers, actor-director Abed Abest, star of Shahram Mokri’s Fish & Cat (2013), plays compellingly with time and space in telling the story of a boys’ night out gone tragically wrong.  Told in reverse chronological order and set entirely on a darkened soundstage with locations and props marked out in green screen material, Simulation delivers on its title to challenge our notions of truth and reality.

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 85 min.  Distribution: Iranian Independents.  Director/Screenwriter: Abed Abest.  Cinematographer: Hamid Khozouie Abyaneh.  Editor: Haydeh Safiyari.  Music: Bamdad Afshar.  Cast: Abed Abest, Shahrzad Seifi, Vahid Rad, Majid Yousefi.