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The Iranian screenwriter and director Asghar Farhadi’s newest film, The Past (France) 2013, is an eloquent exploration of the human condition. It includes excellent performances and cinematography. However, what is most appealing is its compassion and attention to detail as it examines the complexity of relationships not only between lovers or spouses, but also between parents  and children.


The film has already won awards and media praise. It is Iran’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the upcoming Academy Awards.

It premiers 20 December 2013 in New York and Los Angeles, then opens 27 December 2013 at the Clay Theater in San Francisco; 10 January 2014 at the Albany Twin in Albany, CA; 17 January 2014 at the Camera 3 in San Jose, CA, and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael; 31 January 2014 Nickelodeon Four in Santa Cruz; and 7 February 2014 at Summerfield Cinema in Santa Rosa.

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Greek Screen

Film production in Greece began nearly a century ago and collapsed during the chaotic early 20s. It started to reemerge a decade later and made significant gains in the mid 40s despite the tragic Greek Civil War.


Movies were initially condemned as immoral by conservatives and censored by the numerous dictators that ruled the country during much of the 20th Century. Yet they survived and even blossomed over time.

A History Of Greek Cinema by Vrasidas Karalis, published by Continuum in 2012, tries to make sense of the rise and fall of the industry and its role in the creation of a national culture. It covers the significant films and personalities within each decade.

It’s illustrated throughout with black and white stills unfortunately too small to capture an adequate sense of the works from which they’re taken. However, the book is an indispensable resource for anyone seriously interested in the subject.

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