Salaam Cinema

  • Dir: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

  • Iran, 1995, 75 mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Azadeh Zangeneh, Maryam Keihan

Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is going to make a film celebrating the centenary of cinema. Five thousand people from all walks of life show up for the audition, which turns out to be a documentary of a compilation of episodes from the screen tests. Men and women cry and laugh before the camera under the director’s instructions and manipulations, and gradually it becomes impossible to tell where a performance begins and where it ends. Deliberately obfuscating the real and the staged, Makhmalbaf takes the audience to a psychological experimentation, challenging documentary’s notions on truth and reality.

20/8/2017 (Sun): Post-screening discussion with director Mohsen Makhmalbaf



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