Tribeca Film Festival (3 Iranian Movies) - Many screenings

Thursday, March 24, 2005
Time: 12:00 PM
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Middle Eastern Films at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival

Iran:

Pilgrimage (Ziarat)
Directed by Bahman Kiarostami
Country: Iran
Section: Competition for Documentary Features (93 min)
U.S. Premiere

After Saddam's fall, hundreds of thousands of Iranians rushed to cross the suddenly unguarded border with Iraq to visit the holiest shrines of Shi'ism in Karbala and Najaf. Many traveled without valid papers and others did not hesitate to beg or even lie to get to these sacred sites. Playing with Infidels (Kofar) a portrait of the Godars, gypsies of Indian descent, who are Iran’s forgotten people.

Screenings:
Sunday, April 24 at 1:30 pm in Regal 07
Monday, April 25 at 4:15 pm in Regal 08
Wednesday, April 27 at 5:00 pm in Regal 04

Gilaneh
Directed by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Country: Iran
Competition for Narrative Features (84 min)
International Premiere

It is the Iranian New Year, 1988. Sadaam is bombing Tehran. And Gilaneh's family is being ripped apart by the war. Her son-in-law is missing after deserting the army. Her charming son, Ishmael, is heading off to fight for his country. Fifteen years later, on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Gilaneh is alone in her village home, taking care of Ishmael, now an invalid veteran. This beautifully shot, timely film overflows with unwavering pain, suffering and hope.

Screenings:
Sunday, April 24 at 5:30 pm in Regal 03
Wednesday, April 27 at 12:30 pm in Regal 02
Friday, April 29 at 8:45 pm in Regal 11

Tickets
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Ermanno Olmi, and Ken Loach
Country: Iran, Italy, U.K.
Section: Spotlight, Feature Narrative, (115 min)
North American Premiere

Screenings:
Saturday, April 23 at 6:00 pm in PACE
Monday, April 25 at 1:00 pm in Regal 05

Prostitution Behind the Veil (Prostitution bag sloret)
Directed by: Nahid Persson
Country: Denmark
Section: Documentary Competition (57 min)
North American Premiere

This documentary follows two young women raising children and supporting drug habits through prostitution in a country ruled by fundamentalists. One recounts how the chief of religious police read the Koran before engaging in rough sex with her.

Screenings:
Tuesday, April 26 at 4:00 pm in Regal 06
Thursday, April 28 at 1:30 pm in Regal 07
Friday, April 29 at 3:45 pm in Regal 09



Israel:

Looking for the Lost Voice (Bikvot Hakol Havud)
Direced by Tzipi Trope
Country: Israel
Section: Competition for Documentary Features (70 min)
International Premiere

This Israeli documentary examines some of the dreams that were shattered in the aftermath of a horrific suicide bus bombing in 2002, which took the life of a young man whose father, a son of Holocaust survivors, dreamt of a joint Arab-Israeli business venture; the young man himself was in a rock band whose members were all offspring of Israeli military men.

Screenings:
Tuesday, April 26 at 8:30 pm in Regal 03
Wednesday, April 27 at 4:15 pm in Regal 08
Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 pm in Regal 06

Little Peace of Mine (shalom katan sheli)
Directed by Eyal Avneri
Country: Israel
Section: Competition for Documentary Features (126 min)
North American Premiere

Nadav, a 12-year old takes it upon himself to do something about the endless cycle of terrorist bombings and reprisals. He founds a peace movement consisting entirely of children, both Israeli and Palestinian. The filmmaker followed Nadav and the other children for nearly two years.

Tuesday, April 26 at 8:30 pm in Regal 03
Wednesday, April 27 at 4:15 pm in Regal 08
Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 pm in Regal 06

Ushpizin
Directed by Gidi Dar
Country: Israel
Section: Competition for Narrative Features (90 min)
North American Premiere

An Israeli drama with humor set in the customarily closed world of ultra-Orthodox Jews. Moshe and Malli, a married couple, are suffering through a financial crisis and so naturally they pray for help, but instead of a miracle two suspect strangers with criminal pasts appear on their doorstep. The film is reportedly the first made by members of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox community that is aimed at a general audience.

Screenings:
Tuesday, April 26 at 8:30 pm in MJH
Wednesday, April 27 at 3:00 pm in MJH
Thursday, April 28 at 10:00 pm in Regal 06

Draft (Leil Giyus)
Directed by Naomi Levari
Country: Israel
Section: Shorts in Competition – Narratives (18 min). Screening as part of the Homeland Insecurity shorts program.
New York Premiere

Yoav Genar, a pacifist, is doing all he can to prevent his son from enlisting in the army. In the 24 hours prior to the draft, emotional and ideological confrontation evolves between father and son.

Screenings:
Monday, April 25 at 10:00 pm in Regal 05
Wednesday, April 27 at 8:15 pm in Regal 10
Saturday, April 30 at 11:30 am in Regal 03


Morocco:

The Sacred and the Absurd
Directed by Ghasem Ebrahimian
Country: Morocco
Section: Shorts in Competition – Narratives (15 min). Preceeding Gilaneh
North American Premiere

Screenings:
Sunday, April 24 at 5:30 pm in Reg03
Wednesday, April 27 at 12:30 pm in Reg02
Friday, April 29 at 8:45 pm in Reg11


Testament (Tenja)
Directed by Hassan Legzouli
Country: Morocco, France
Section: Wide Angle, Feature Narrative (80 min),
North American Premiere

Noureddine is a second-generation Moroccan living in the northern France. His father dies, having never returned home, and the young man is obliged to accompany his father's body on its long journey homewards. France's most versatile young actor, Roschdy Zem gives another wonderful performance as a man struggling to comprehend a world with which he has had little prior contact. In Arabic.

Screenings:
Monday, April 25 at 9:30 pm in Reg02
Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 PM in Reg07
Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 PM in TC1


Syria:

Flood in Baath Country (Déluge au pays du Baas)
Omar Amiralay
Country: Syria
Section: Competition for Documentary Features (46 min)
International Premiere

In 1970, Omar Amiralay made a beautiful short documentary (it opens this program) in praise of the ruling Baath party's project to construct an impressive system of dams. Today, after fatal construction flaws have been found, his controversial new film (it was withdrawn from the Carthage Film Festival) explores the metaphorical implications of that weakness in a beautifully crafted piece of filmmaking.

Screenings:
Saturday, April 23 at 9:15 pm in Reg01
Tuesday, April 26 at 4:15 pm in Reg08
Friday, April 29 at 1:00 pm in Reg06


Turkey:

Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds (Karpuz Kabugundan Gemiler Yapmak)
Directed by Ahmet Uluçay
Country: Turkey
Section: Competition for Narrative Features (101 min)
U.S. Premiere

In a small Turkish village in the 1960's, two young boys are so in love with the movies that they fashion a makeshift projector out of a wooden box. Made on less than a shoestring budget, by a reclusive filmmaker with several accomplished shorts to his credit, this autobiographical charmer is unforgettable.

Screenings:
Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 pm in Reg06
Monday, April 25 at 2:30 pm in Reg03
Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00 pm in Reg05


India:

Little Terrorist
Directed by Ashvin Kumar
Countries: U.K., India
Tribeca Family Festival – Short Narrative, (15 min)
New York Premiere

Screenings:
Saturday, April 23 at 2:15 pm in Reg10
Friday, April 29 at 2:15 pm in Reg10
Sunday, May 1 at 11:45 am in Reg11


Please check www.tribecafilmfestival.org for more information or updates (times and venues are subject to change.)

Theater addresses:

Regal Cinemas
102 North End Avenue (at Vesey Street)

Pace University Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (PACE)
1 Pace Plaza (on Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street)

Scholastic Theater (SCHOL) (Venue for Family Films only)
557 Broadway

Stuyvesant High School (SHS)
345 Chambers Street (at North End Avenue)

Tribeca Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich and West Streets)

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memory to the Holocaust (MJH)
36 Battery Place (Next to Piers at Battery Park)

Tribeca Cinemas (TC)
54 Varick Street (Below Canal Street, at Laight Street)

Tribeca Film Center (TFC)
375 Greenwich Street, 2nd Floor (between Franklin and North Moore Streets)

Tribeca Grand (TG)
2 Avenue of the Americas (between White and Walker Streets)





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