CMU International Film Festival: Tales

20 Mar 2016


Ending an eight-year hiatus from narrative feature filmmaking, award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad returns with Tales, which weaves the stories of seven characters linked by shared struggles — social, economic, and political — into a film that is both a microcosm of Iranian working-class society and an incisive, luminous portrait of human fallibility and virtue in the face of everyday challenges.

With graceful narrative finesse, Banietemad and her co-screenwriter Farid Mostafavi give the impression that they are casually eavesdropping on lives. From Abbas, a cabbie working the night shift as a means to support his family after bungling a drug deal; to the elderly Mrs. Touba, fighting to have her son released from jail after a politically motivated arrest; to Reza, a middle-aged factory worker whose illiteracy becomes a source of impetuous jealousy when his wife receives a letter from her ex-husband; to Nargess, a social worker and former drug addict whose violent, estranged addict husband comes after her with malice in mind — Tales observes its assorted protagonists with a rare and perfectly calibrated balance of objectivity and compassion..

Event Date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 12:00pm
Sponsored By: 
CMU International Film Festival, Conflict Kitchen
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