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MSP Iranian Film Festival Opens Tomorrow, July 27

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, in partnership with the Iranian Culture House, present the first MSP Iranian Film Festival, featuring some of the best contemporary Iranian cinema never before been seen in Minnesota.

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24 Frames 

Friday, July 27 at 4:30pm; Sunday, July 29 at 3:10pm
Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Narrative | Iran, France | 2017

For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer, bridging the two art forms to which he had dedicated his life.

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Ava

Saturday, July 28 at 2:00pm; Sunday, July 29 at 5:45pm
Director: Sadaf Foroughi | Narrative | Iran, Canada, Qatar | 2017

Living with her well-to-do parents, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns resemble that of nearly any teenager. When her mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy, she is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. 

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Israfil

Saturday, July 28 at 4:30pm; Sunday, July 29 at 1:00pm
Director: Ida Panahandeh | Narrative | Iran | 2017

Mahi is a widow mourning the death of her only son. One day she bumps into Behrooz, her teenage sweetheart, who had left Iran following the scandal of his relationship with her. Despite their families’ objections, the previous relationship begins to re-assert itself.

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Pig

Friday, July 27 at 9:15pm; Saturday, July 28 at 7:00pm
Director: Mani Haghighi | Narrative | Iran | 2018

Director Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception 2011, A Dragon Arrives! 2016) returns to the Film Society with a bold and darkly comic satire. Hasan is full of rage. He's been blacklisted and hasn't been allowed to make a film in years. His star, a woman he adores, is impatient and wants to work with other directors. His wife seems to have fallen out of love with him, and his mother has become old and is slowly losing her mind. Worst of all, film directors across the city are being murdered one after the other, but the serial killer is inexplicably ignoring him. Hasan's feelings are hurt: isn't he the most accomplished filmmaker in town? So why is he being neglected? All these frustrations come to a head when, through a series of bizarre misunderstandings, he becomes the prime suspect in the serial murder case. Social media are abuzz, Hasan has to come up with an ingenious plan to restore his reputation.

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Vespiary 

Friday, July 27 at 7:00pm; Saturday, July 28 at 9:30pm
Director: Borzou Niknejad | Narrative | Iran | 2018

Two petty thieves find an ancient treasure. On the run from the mob also searching for the lost treasure, they stash it in an abandoned building that is soon to become a police station. Now they have to masquerade as police officers to retrieve their loot.

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