LIFF MEMBERS PREVIEW
Thursday, February 23 at 7:30pm
Cinemark Perkins Rowe
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The Film Access Academy, Baton Rouge, LA
LIFF is honored to present the Baton Rouge Premiere of the new film from the Oscar-winning director of A SEPARATION
Written and Directed by Ashgar Farhadi; 125 min; w/Eng subtitles
2017 Oscar Nominee: “Best Foreign Language Film”
2016 Cannes Winner: “Best Screenplay”, “Best Actor”
When their apartment building develops cracks and threatens to collapse, a middle-class Iranian couple gladly accepts the offer of a vacant flat from a friend. Little do they realize that the previous tenant was a woman of ill-repute and not only has she left behind a room full of possessions, she has exposed the new tenants to dangers they could never anticipate… and that will tear their lives apart.
From this simple premise, and with exquisite patience and attention to detail, master director Farhadi builds a solid and suspenseful plot out of ordinary incidents, and packs it with rich and resonant ideas. Admirers of his earlier films — including About Elly (LIFF 2015) The Past and A Separation — will not be surprised. Mr. Farhadi has distinguished himself in his generation of Iranian filmmakers as an astute psychological realist and a fastidious storyteller.
Among the many things on Fahradi’s mind is the intersection of life and theater: Ranaa and Emad are both actors, rehearsing a production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and “the ghost of Willy Loman hovers over this painful tale of crime and punishment. Not since Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother (that brilliantly re-engineered A Streetcar Named Desire) has a classic of the American stage been put to such ingenious cinematic use. Mr. Farhadi’s control is astonishing, as is the discipline of the actors. Their final scenes are at once riveting and hard to watch. Attention, as someone once said, must be paid.” New York Times