A special screening of two Iranian documentary films (Wedding: A Film and Blames and Flames) followed by a discussion with the director Mohammadreza Farzad.
Wedding: A Film
A personal, poetic essay in which Mohammadreza Farzad tries to understand the institution and concept of marriage. He plays his own wedding video over and over again to look for early signs of unhappiness and a future divorce. He looks at other people’s wedding videos to investigate whether a happy wedding means a happy marriage.
Blames and Flames
Iran’s 1978 Islamic revolution was closely associated with movie screens, cameras, and television images. At its outset, there were the arson attacks on more than 130 movie theatres, and the revolutionary events themselves were spontaneously recorded on film by the participants. Using only period footage, the filmmakers meditate upon the role of cinema, television, and film in society.
Mohammadreza Farzad: born September 1978, he launched his film career with acting in several short and feature films and then moved into documentary cinema as researcher and film editor. His first film Into Thin Air premiered at Berlinale 2011, and has been shown at almost 30 film festivals. His second film Blames and Flames premiered at Berlinale 2012. His third film The Forget-Me-Not Egg premiered at Thessaloniki Documentary film festival and was nominated for the best Iranian documentary in 2012. He is the co-writer of Revolutionary Memories of Bahman Who Loved Leila (directed by Farahnaz Sharifi), selected for IDFA 2012,