Liz Ferguson / montrealgazette.com: My suggestions for the last day, Monday, Sept. 2
A Cinema of Discontent is my No. 1 suggestion for Monday, Sept. 2, the last day of the 2013 Festival des films du monde. (Unless you cannot appreciate documentaries.)
A Cinema of Discontent is an American film about Iranian directors, written and directed by Jamsheed Akrami. Previous knowledge of Iranian films might be useful, but it isn’t necessary.
The film begins with some intruiguing excerpts from films, and then speaks with 12 Iranian filmmakers, including Jafar Panahi, Bahman Ghobadi, and Asghar Farhadi.
They discuss all restrictions that they must obey, the taboos that they must not break, and the ways that they try to work around them. Conversely, sometimes they go out of their way to create a situation that makes these absurdities more obvious. It’s truly fascinating. Just FYI, you can tell that at least one sequence was filmed right here in Montreal, because a director is wearing a festival pass on a lanyard with the words “Loto-Québec” on it.
A Cinema of Discontent, directed by Jamsheed Akrami, in Farsi and English, with English subtitles, 88 minutes.
Monday, September 2, 2013 – 4:20 PM – Cinéma Quartier Latin 13
Posted by: Liz Ferguson