UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema opens with acclaimed No Date, No Signature

April 9, 2018
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UCLA Film & Television Archive and Farhang Foundation Present the Best in New Iranian Cinema April 28 - May 19

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Navid Mohammadzadeh in NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema opens with the L.A. premiere of acclaimed
"No Date, No Signature"
Features four Los Angeles premieres, three U.S. premieres and tribute to Iranian cinema pioneer Bahram Beyzaie

WHAT: UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema sponsored by Farhang Foundation. All films originate from Iran and are in Persian or Azari with English subtitles.

WHEN: April 28 - May 19, 2018

WHERE: UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

TICKETS: Regular screenings: $10 general admission available here.

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 9, 2018

In partnership with Farhang Foundation, this year's UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema offers Los Angeles the chance to see a stellar lineup of new Iranian films that includes four Los Angeles premieres and three U.S. premieres, along with the revival of a modern classic. From fraught intimate relationships to big social issues, these expertly crafted films reveal the complexities - and universalities - of contemporary Iran.

The annual celebration, now entering its 28th year, showcases the best in contemporary Iranian Cinema. Opening night will take place on April 28 with the Los Angeles premiere of the internationally acclaimed "No Date, No Signature," which won the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the 2017 Venice Film Festival. The gripping drama looks at morality and class conflict that erupts following a car accident involving a doctor and a working-class man and his family. Navid Mohammadzadeh's award-winning performance as a grieving father is worth the ticket price alone. View the trailer here.

The Farhang Foundation greatly admires the tradition UCLA Film & Television Archive started nearly 30 years ago by showcasing and celebrating the best in Iranian Cinema," says Alireza Ardekani, Executive Director of Farhang Foundation. "Cinema is a universal language, and we see no better way to share Iran's culture with the world than through the cinematic arts which provide a great window into Iran, Iranian life and culture. Each year Farhang is proud to partner with the Archive in presenting these brilliant works of art to the entire community."

"UCLA Film & Television Archive's commitment to the films and filmmakers of Iran has been unwavering, and we're very proud of our continuing relationship with the Iranian community of Los Angeles. It's our pleasure to partner again with the Farhang Foundation to present the 2018 edition of the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema," said Paul Malcolm, Programmer, UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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The celebration also gives audiences a glimpse of Iran's cultural diversity through films such as the U.S. premiere of "The Home," which takes place in Tabriz, in what is known as Iran's East Azerbaijan province, and is entirely in Azeri, director Asghar Yousefinejad's mother tongue.

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Multitalented Abed Abest directs and stars in the Los Angeles premiere of "Simulation." In a nod to Lars Von Trier's "Dogville," the film is set entirely on a darkened soundstage with locations and props marked out in green screen material. Playing compellingly with time and space in the telling of a boys' night out gone tragically wrong, "Simulation" is a prime example of an emerging wave of formal experimentation among young Iranian filmmakers. "Simulation" will be screened as a double-feature along with the west coast premiere of "Boarding Pass," the gripping tale by Mehdi Rahmani about a woman forced to become a heroin mule in order to save her son from a custody battle with her ex-husband. Mr. Rahmani will be in attendance for the screening and the post Q&A on May 5.

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 The series ends with the 1985 film "Bashu, The Little Stranger"- a tribute screening to Iranian cinema giant Bahram Beyzaie. In 1990, the Los Angeles Times called the film "flawless" and "a pure joy in which there are absolutely no false moves." Set during the Iran-Iraq War, it is now hailed as a milestone in Iranian film, and its story has as much resonance today as it did 33 years ago. Beyzaie will be in attendance for the tribute and screening on May 19.

General admission tickets are $10. The complete schedule of films and general admission tickets are available at UCLA Film & Television Archive. Opening reception tickets are available at Farhang.org/UCLA18.

Films screen at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024.


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About the UCLA Film & Television Archive is renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media and is one of the largest repositories of film and television materials in the world, with more than 450,000 holdings. For almost 40 years, UCLA Film & Television Archive has been at the forefront of introducing U.S. audiences to important, new filmmakers and movements worldwide. Previously unknown directors whose works were first screened to U.S. audiences by the Archive include some of the most important names in international filmmaking: Alfonso Cuarón, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Abbas Kiarostami, Hayao Miyazaki, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Arturo Ripstein, Aleksandr Sokurov, Béla Tarr, Wong Kar-wai and Zhang Yimou. The Archive continues to showcase a wide range of American and international cinema at its theatrical home, the Billy Wilder Theater. For more info visit cinema.ucla.edu.

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Farhang Foundation is a nonreligious, nonpolitical and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications, and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebrations of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings, and poetry readings in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints, or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions, or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation.