One Hour Intro: Jafar Panahi and Crimson Gold

Crimson Gold

Dir. Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2003, 97mins, 12A (subtitles)
Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji

Mechanics Institute, Bradford, 30 January, 12.00 – 15.00





This illustrated talk about the work of the Iranian director Jafar Panahi will be followed by a full screening of Crimson Gold. This event will run from 12.00pm-3.30pm at Bradford Mechanics Institute Library, with a short discussion following the film.

Jafar Panahi is one of four Iranian filmmakers who have helped to establish Iranian art cinema with audiences across the globe. (The others are Abbas Kiarostami, Asghar Farhadi and Mohsen Makhbalmaf with his other family members.) Panahi stands out because he has remained in Iran and taken on the government censors with hard-hitting films. As a result he has been arrested and has faced severe restrictions. His earlier films were heavily influenced by neo-realism but since his ‘house arrest’ he has had to develop new ways of making films. The tragedy is that although the films have won prizes at international festivals, it has proved very difficult to put them in front of Iranian audiences.

CRIMSON GOLD is scripted by Abbas Kiarostami and based on a real set of events involving a pizza delivery man in Tehran. Beginning with a dramatic incident, the film then explores why events turned out that way and in particular how the pressures within Iranian society affect many ordinary Iranians.




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