Sun Children (2020)

MAJID MAJIDI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original Title: Khorshid Iran, 2020. Majid Majidi Film Production. Screenplay by Nima Javidi, Majid Majidi. Cinematography by Hooman Behmanesh. Produced by Amir Banan, Majid Majidi. Music by Ramin Kousha. Production Design by Keyvan Moghaddam. Costume Design by Amir Malekpour. Film Editing by Hassan Hassandoost. Poor children survive…

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Women Without Men (2009)

SHIRIN NESHAT, SHOJA AZARI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original Title: Zanan-e bedun-e mardan Germany/Austria/France/Italy/Ukraine/Morocco/Iran, 2009. Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Coproduction Office, CinePostproduction, Rommel Film, BIM Distribuzione, EMC Produktion, Sota Cinema Group, Schönheitsfarm Postproduction, Manfred Bunwey Filmproduktion, Agora Films, Sundance Feature Film Program, Osterreichischer Rundfunk, MEDIA Programme of the European Union.  Screenplay by…

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3 Faces (2018)

JAFAR PANAHI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Se rokh Iran, 2018.    Jafar Panahi Film Productions, Kino Lorber.   Screenplay by Jafar Panahi, Nader Saeivar  Cinematography by Amin Jafari.  Produced by Jafar Panahi.  Production Design by Leila Naghdi Pari.  Costume Design by Leila Naghdi Pari.  Film Editing by Mastaneh Mohajer, Panah Panahi. Jafar Panahi…

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The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France/Iran/USA, 2018.  Royal Road Entertainment, Les Films de l’Astrophore, SACI, Americas Film Conservancy.  Screenplay by Oja Kodar, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gary Graver.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Filip Jan Rymsza.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Film Editing by Bob Murawski, Orson Welles.  Orson Welles filmed roughly one hundred hours of…

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The Report (1977)

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Gozaresh Iran, 1977.  Screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami.  Cinematography by Ali Reza Zarrindast.  Produced by Bahman Farmanara.  Production Design by Ahmad Mirshekan.  Film Editing by Mahtalat Mirfenderski.   Abbas Kiarostami looks at a disintegrating marriage between a civil servant who works for the tax department and his frustrated housewife (future Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo)….

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The Salesman (2016)

ASGHAR FARHADI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Forushande Iran/France, 2016.  Arte France, Arte France Cinema, Doha Film Institute, Farhadi Film Production, Memento Films Distribution, Memento Films Production.  Screenplay by Asghar Farhadi.  Cinematography by Hossein Jafarian.  Produced by Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Olivier Pere.  Music by Sattar Oraki.  Production Design by Keyvan Moghaddam.  Costume Design by Sara Samiee.  Film Editing by Hayedeh…

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Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2015)

JAFAR PANAHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Taxi Tehran Alternate title:  Taxi Iran, 2015.  Jafar Panahi Film Productions.  Screenplay by Jafar Panahi.  Cinematography by Jafar Panahi.  Produced by Jafar Panahi.  Film Editing by Jafar Panahi.  Berlin Film Festival 2015.  Toronto International Film Festival 2015. Forbidden by the Iranian government to make films since 2010, master filmmaker Jafar Panahi has actually produced…

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Close-Up (1990)

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Original title:  Nema-ye Nazdik Iran, 1990.  Kanun parvaresh fekri.  Screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami.  Cinematography by Ali Reza Zarrindast.  Produced by Ali Reza Zarrin.  Film Editing by Abbas Kiarostami.   One of the smartest and most emotionally moving films in the Kiarostami canon, this incredible mixture of documentary and dramatic recreation hits depths that will linger with…

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Where Is The Friend’s Home? (1987)

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Khane-ye Doust Kodjast? Iran, 1987.  Kanun parvaresh fekri.  Screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami.  Cinematography by Farhad Saba.  Produced by Ali Reza Zarrin.  Music by Amine Allah Hessine.  Film Editing by Abbas Kiarostami.   After a little boy is chastised in the local village school for doing his homework on scrap paper instead of in his assigned…

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Tales (2014)

RAKHSHAN BANI-ETEMAD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Ghesse-ha Iran, 2014.  Screenplay by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Farid Mostafavi.  Cinematography by Koohyar Kalari.  Produced by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad.  Music by Siamak Kalantari.  Production Design by Amir Estabi.  Film Editing by Sepideh Abdolvahab.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014.  Venice Film Festival 2014.   Scenes from life in Tehran flow randomly from person to person in this seemingly effortless…

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F For Fake (1973)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Verites Et Mensonges France/Iran/West Germany, 1973.  Janus Film, SACI.  Screenplay by Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Francois Reichenbach.  Produced by Dominique Antoine.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Film Editing by Marie-Sophie Dubus, Dominique Engerer.   Orson Welles concludes his rich and varied career with a meditation on fakery, which to him is an essential part of…

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This Is Not A Film (2011)

MOJITABA MIRTAHMASB, JAFAR PANAHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Iran Original title:  In Film Nist , 2011.  Jafar Panahi Film Productions.  Screenplay by Jafar Panahi.  Produced by Jafar Panahi.  Film Editing by Jafar Panahi.  New York Film Critics Awards 2012.  Online Film Critics Awards 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2011. Having been labeled an unwelcome artistic presence by his own government,…

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