Cinema Massimo proposes the retrospective “A relative truth. Asghar Farhadi’s cinema”. From 10 to 28 January a retrospective dedicated to the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi on the occasion of the release on January 5 of his latest film A hero.
Made in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna Foundation, the retrospective includes all of the director’s films, since his 2003 debut with Dancing in the Dust a Everybody knows of 2018. Asghar Farhadi’s films focus on human relationships and investigate the most unpredictable parts of the human soul, looking for an absolute truth that only certain images, certain silences and a few gestures at times are able to touch.
Opens the tribute Everybody knows Monday January 10 Everyone ore 16.00.
Everyone knows (Todos lo saben)
(Spain / France / Italy / Germany 2018, 133 ‘, HD, col., Vo sub. It.)
Laura returns to Spain from Argentina to attend her sister’s wedding. In the province of Rioja he finds Paco, a friend of his youth and a companion for a season and a happy welcome. But soon after the celebrations he discovers that Laura’s daughter has been kidnapped. A disappearance that causes masks to fall in the family and in the square where ‘everyone knows’.
Lun 10, h. 16.00/Dom 16, h. 20.30/Mar 18, h. 18.30
The customer (Forušande)
(Iran / France 2016, 124 ‘, HD, col., Vo sub. It.)
Forced to leave the house in central Tehran, Emad and Rana, a couple of actors, accept the new accommodation found by a friend without knowing that the previous tenant had a dubious reputation. One day Rana opens the door, convinced that it is her husband, and is attacked by a client of the woman. The complexity of human relationships mixes with the superimposition of reality and theatrical fiction that the two actors bring to the stage.
Lun 10, h. 18.30 / Mar 18, h. 16.00 / Mar 25, h. 16.00
The past (Le passé)
(France / Iran 2013, 130 ‘, HD, col., Vo sub. It.)
Ahmad arrives in Paris from Tehran. Marie, the wife he left four years ago, needs his presence to formalize the divorce procedure. Marie has two daughters born of an even earlier marriage, but has now decided to marry Samir, whose wife is in a coma.
Mar 11, h. 16.00/Ven 21, h. 18.00/Mer 26, h. 16.00
A parting (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
(Iran 2011, 123’, HD, col., v.o. sott. it.)
Nader and his wife Simin are about to divorce. They have obtained the expatriation permit but the man does not want to leave his sick father. Simin leaves the house and goes to live with her parents while the daughter stays with the father. The situation worsens and they will all have to reconsider their positions. Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
Wed 12, h. 16.00 / Fri 21, h. 20.30 / Wed 26, h. 6.30 p.m.
About Elly (Darbareye Elly)
(Iran / France 2009, 119 ‘, HD, col., Vo sott.it.)
Ahmad, who lives in Germany and has divorced his German wife, returns to Tehran for a few days. His university mates involve him on a weekend by the sea and also invite Elly, with the intention of introducing her to the man. Everything goes on happily but on the second day one of the children risks drowning. Elly, who was supposed to be watching him, has disappeared. Silver Bear in Berlin 2009.
Mer 12, h. 20.45 / Sab 22, h. 16.00
Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori)
(Iran 2006, 102’, DCP, col., v.o. sott. it.)
Fireworks in Iranian land. Thus the last Wednesday of the Persian year, also known as Nawruz, is celebrated, just in time to open for the arrival of spring. Chromatic splendor in the sky? It will be, even if on earth things appear a little more complicated. There is a girl betrothed and a family in crisis that she goes to as a cleaning lady. The result is a rather complex, stinging and not very auspicious family portrait.
Ven 14, h. 16.00/Sab 22, h. 18.30
Beautiful City (Shah-re ziba)
(Iran 2004, 101’, HD, col., v.o. sott. it.)
At the age of sixteen, A’la killed his girlfriend and was sentenced to death for this. Now that he is eighteen, he is transferred from the juvenile prison to a real penitentiary. He must serve a death sentence, but the victim’s father can commute the sentence to life imprisonment, with his forgiveness. A rarefied love story also complicates things.
Ven 14, h. 18.15/Dom 23, h. 19.00/Ven 28, h. 18.30
Dancing in the Dust (Raghs dar ghobar)
(Iran 2003, 100’, 35mm, col., v.o. sott. it.)
Nazar is forced to divorce his wife as the daughter of a prostitute and takes double shifts to pay back the sum he has borrowed for his impulsive marriage to sweet Reyhaneh. But he falls behind in payments and must flee. He retreats to the desert, along with an old man who extracts venom from snakes.
Sab 15, h. 21.00 / Lun 24, h. 16.00