Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I Am Neither a Devil Nor an Angel لست شيطانا و لا ملاكا Nour El-Sherif 1980 Egyptian one-sheet

I Am Neither a Devil nor an Angel (1980) - (Nour El-Sherif) Egyptian one-sheet

This Egyptian film poster was designed by Al-Khad to promote the 1980 115-minute Henry Barakat color film I Am Neither a Devil Nor an Angel [lestu shaytanan wa la malakan] based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Samir Abdelazim with cinematography by Ibrahim Saleh. Plot summary: Kawsar [Soheir Ramzy] left her fiance Ahmed [Nour El-Sherif] and married the elderly rich man Shamis, [Aly El Cherif] the owner of a factory in which her father worked, after there was a quarrel between her and Ahmed over her father. Ahmed finished his studies and graduated from the college of engineering. He established a relationship with his classmate Engineer Nahed [Hoda Ramzi] and they decided to marry. Shamis was killed by the husband of his mistress. Kawsar asked Engineer Ahmed to help her manage her late husband's factory because she was having many problems doing it herself. By chance she learned about the relationship between Ahmed and Nahed; this got her to thinking about firing Nahed from her job at the factory. Ahmed went to see Kawsar at her home and asked her not to do this. After he left her home Shamis's son stabbed Kawsar with a knife and she was taken to a hospital. Ahmed emphasized to Nahed that his relationship with Kawsar had been just a work relationship and what had happened earlier was just a memory; so the two of them began their life together.

Cast and crew: Nour El-Sherif, Henry Barakat, Ihsan Sherif, Soheir Ramzy, Hoda Ramzi, Aly El Cherif, Wahid Seif, Mohammed Tawfik, Zein El-Ashmawy, Salah Nazmi, Enaam Salousa, Soheir Zaky, Ibrahim Saleh, Samir Abdelazim, Samy Fahmy

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Certified Copy (2010)

Certified Copy (Juliette Binoche) - (2010) Italian one-sheet

Certified Copy (2010) Juliette Binoche, William Shimell (directed by Abbas Kiarostami) Beautiful film, the first I've seen by Kiarostami that wasn't in Persian. I can't wait to see his latest, Like Someone in Love.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

This Is Not a Film (2011)

Jafar Panahi at his Tehran home with Iggy, an iguana owned by his daughter Somaz, from his latest film This Is Not a Film (2011).

As the film opens there is a statement on a black screen introducing the audience to the filmmaker:

"Jafar Panahi is one of Iran's leading filmmakers and a vocal critic of the government. He was arrested on March 1, 2010. After an international outcry he was released on bail three months later and charged with 'assembly and colluding iwth the intention to commit crimes against the country's national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.'

"On Dec 20 2010 Panahi was convicted and given a six-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban on making movies, writing screenplays, giving any interviews or leaving the country.

"While his case was on appeal, this video was shot and eventually smuggled out of Iran in a flash drive hidden inside a birthday cake.

"It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2011."

Panahi made this film-which-is-not-a-film with an iphone and a professional color film camera, in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. With all its stark simplicity, it is a strong statement of Panahi's resistance to his own situation and to the current state of art, censorship and film in Iran. For example, this footage is almost completely confined to the space in his Tehran home, and for that reason no women make any visual appearances. Pahahi feels to show a woman wearing a chador in her own home (as required by the Islamic Republic's censors) would be a lie, because in Iran women do not wear chadors at home.

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