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The Majority

A woman in a hat walking in a village.
May 8, 2022 - 3:00 pm

Any seats remaining 15 minutes before showtime will be released to standby patrons. Face masks are required indoors.

North American premiere!

The Majority

Iran, 2021

A rural village in pre-revolution Iran has been struggling economically for years when the imminent return of a now wealthy former resident sparks hope that she’ll grant her hometown much needed financial aid. As the local bigwigs make bumbling plans for a grand welcome, a light satire of small town foibles seems in store but when the woman (Hedieh Tehrani) reveals the terrible price of her support, it becomes clear that co-writer-director Mohsen Gharaei has bigger themes on his mind. In adapting The Visit by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Gharaei unflinchingly confronts the nature of collective guilt, human weakness and revenge as the town decides whether to sacrifice one among them for the benefit of all. Twists and turns abound as secrets are revealed, fingers are pointed and knives are sharpened right up until the shocking finale.

DCP, color, 120 min. Director: Mohsen Gharaei. Screenwriter: Mohsen Gharaei, Mohammad Davoudi. Based on the play Der Besuch der alten Dame by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. With: Parviz Parastouie, Hedieh Tehrani, Hadi Hejazifar, Baran Kosari, Mahtab Nasirpour.