BAB’AZIZ-- THE PRINCE WHO CONTEMPLATED HIS SOUL

Friday, April 4, 2008
Time: 12:00 PM
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This highly anticipated film's release will be on Friday, April 4, 2008 at Landmark's Lumiere and Shattuck Theatres. (Further Details Below)



A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director/co-writer Nacer Khemir begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz (Parviz Shahinkhou) and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar (Maryam Hamid). Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every 30 years. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab’Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own. Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran. Tunisian director Nacer Khemir's past cinematic achievements include the award-winning features "Les Baliseurs du Désert" (The Wanderers of the Desert), awarded Grand Prix of the Festival des Trois Continents in 1984, and "Le Collier Perdu de la Colombe” (The Dove's Lost Necklace), which won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 1991.



“A structurally audacious fairy tale that imparts moral lessons and shows how narratives reflect and shape life… cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari frames the dunes, rock formations and sandblasted village and cities with a poet’s eye, turning real spaces into dreamscapes.” –Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times



“The breathtaking desert landscapes that dominate Nacer Khemir’s beautiful, elliptical Middle East drama deserve the big screen… you’ll remember the dreamlike state the film induces long after the credits roll.” –New York Magazine



“Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari infuses the screen with sumptuous yet unemphatic colors, filtered through sun and wind and sand. There’s nothing forced about Bab’Aziz; its ideas resonate quietly, building to a breathtaking climax.” –Sheri Linden, LA Times



Location Details:

Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre – 1572 California St., San Francisco, (415) 267-4893

Tickets are $9.75 for general admission and $7.75 seniors and children

Showtimes available Tuesday, March 25 at http://www.landmarktheatres.com/

Advance ticket purchase at: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and at theatre box office.



Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas – 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 464-5980

Tickets are $9.75 for general admission and $7.75 seniors and children

Showtimes available Tuesday, March 25 at http://www.landmarktheatres.com/

Advance ticket purchase at: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets and at theatre box office



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