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A HERO / GHAHREMAN (Opening Film)

23/09/2021, 21:00, IDEAL

During a two-day leave from prison, where he has been sent due to unpaid debts, a man tries to repay his lender in time. A thoughtless act will, however, result in an avalanche of events at the detriment of those near and dear to him. A great cinematic return for the two-time Oscar winning director of “A Separation” and “The Salesman”, the exemplary screenwriting and directing of this film, with the suspense of a thriller through and through, constitutes a bitter parable of a contemporary world where every action has unexpected consequences and morality remains a fragile notion. Grand Prix winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

IRAN, FRANCE | 2021 | COLOR | DCP | 127’ | PERSIAN

A man, imprisoned for debt, is out of jail for two days, wishing to pay his lender on time. However, a reckless move will cause an avalanche of events that will shake his credibility and upset his family. A small parable about a modern world full of grey zones, victim of the social media culture and the obsession with the surface of things, where each action has unpredictable consequences and ethics remain a fragile, volatile notion. The director, winner of two Academy Awards, offers us a powerful drama, filled with the tension and suspense of a true thriller. A film with  exemplary screenplay and direction, as well as a great performance by Amir Jadidi. Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. L.K.

DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi
SCREENWRITER: Asghar Farhadi
DoP: Ali Ghazi, Arash Ramezani
EDITOR: Hayedeh Safiyari
PRINCIPAL CAST: Amir Jadidi, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Sarina Farhadi, Fereshteh Sadr Orafaie

ASGHAR FARHADI
Iranian director and screenwriter born in 1972, one of the most important of international cinema. He studied Theatre and Dramatic Arts at the Universities of Tehran and Tarbiat Modares (also in Tehran) respectively. Winner of two Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film and three awards at Cannes and Berlin.

FILMOGRAPHY
2021
A Hero
2018 Everybody Knows
2016 The Salesman
2013 The Past
2011 A Separation
2009 Darbareye Elly
2006 Fireworks Wednesday
2004 Beautiful City
2003 Dancing in the Dust



    Publication date: 2021-09-14 00:06:17

    DUNE (Closing Film)

    DUNE (Closing Film)

    The exotic beauty of Arrakis, the precious spice, the war between the Harkonnen and the Fremen, House Atreides, the Dune Messiah. The most highly-awaited film of the year, an adaptation of Frank Herbert's legendary literary epic, “lands” with a glorious cast, astonishing artistic direction, action, political intrigue and an ecological vision. After “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2046”, Denis Villeneuve takes on an exemplary sci-fi novel and promises a grand cinematic journey. Formal selection at the Venice Film Festival. After the start of the ceremony (2/10/2021), entry is NOT permitted in the theater. The screening will begin right after the end of the ceremony at IDEAL.

    SUBLET

    SUBLET

    A “brief encounter” between two men in present-day Tel Aviv. The first, a travel writer on assignment for the New York Times. The second, a local twenty-something man subletting his apartment. The former at the height of a midlife crisis. The latter free from inhibitions. From this starting point, one of the most significant representatives of queer cinema in recent decades, compares two generations and bridges their gap with a sexy, sentimentally rich film and with two disarming performances: one by the veteran John Benjamin Hickey and the other by the mesmerising newcomer Niv Nissim.

    TITANE

    TITANE

    A series of unexplained crimes become the reason for a father to reconnect with his son, who has been missing for ten years. A bold, belligerent and audacious thriller in which the concepts of identity and sexual behaviour meet “Crash” and David Cronenberg's style of physical horror resulting in the French director of “Raw” becoming the second female director to be awarded the Palme d'Or. A risky and provocative attack on the senses, “Titane” is not to be missed by fans of provocative and unconventional cinema.

    PETITE MAMAN

    PETITE MAMAN

    Having recently lost her grandmother, and with her own mother absent, 8-year old Nelly explores the woods and becomes friends with a girl of the same age who instantly seems unusually familiar to her. Two years after the feminist triumph of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”, Céline Sciamma mirrors the child's gaze through ethereal magical realism which echoes the paradoxical nature of Charlie Kaufman. A tender film acting as shelter for all children who have long since crossed the threshold of adulthood.

    I’M YOUR MAN / ICH BIN DEIN MENSCH

    I’M YOUR MAN / ICH BIN DEIN MENSCH

    In search of funding for her research, a career-driven archaeologist is willing to become a guinea pig for a high tech company manufacturing ideal lovers. However, the alluring android matched to her, proves to be more human than expected from a comedy on the verge of being a science fiction film. And so an impressive cast & crew (among which the director of “Unorthodox” Maria Schrader and a doll of a man - literally and metaphorically - Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey'') enter the arena of modern relationships, contemplating ideas such as the human condition and (unfulfilled) desires. Maren Eggert was awarded the Silver Berlin Bear.