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THE DEAD CENTER

THE DEAD CENTER

A troubled psychiatrist is drawn to help a mysterious patient who’s brought to the emergency psych ward in a catatonic state with no memory of how he reached the hospital. In the aftermath, a spate of inexplicable deaths shake the ward to its core. (Plenty of local Nashville talent both in front of and behind the camera in THE DEAD CENTER.)

THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES

THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES

Unfolding “behind the scenes” of AND LIFE GOES ON, this film traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors—a young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife (though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with him)—creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life.

TASTE OF CHERRY

TASTE OF CHERRY

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, TASTE OF CHERRY is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death. Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran—searching for someone to rescue or bury him.

Kiarostami Shorts

Kiarostami Shorts

From youthful conundrums to that of older age as well, Kiarostami's ongoing work in the short film format comes into focus in this vibrant program of five short films shot across a span of six years.

CLOSE-UP

CLOSE-UP

This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves.

A WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2

A WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2

Late in Kiarostami’s first decade as a working filmmaker, the Iranian Revolution of 1979 took hold. It serves here as a bridge between these two short features: The first, a satiric yet suspenseful tale of three kids and something of value that doesn’t belong to them. The second, a lesson in solidarity, ideology and resistance.

HOMEWORK + educational shorts

HOMEWORK + educational shorts

Frustrated parent Abbas Kiarostami interviews young Iranian boys about problems encountered when completing difficult homework requiring intensive collaboration with their parents. Preceded by two early educational shorts (So Can I and Two Solutions for One Problem).

THE WIND WILL CARRY US

THE WIND WILL CARRY US

A TV crew from Tehran arrives in a remote Kurdish village to film an unusual funeral ceremony—but are stymied when the old woman they expect to die clings to life. A fable-like story about professional and personal frustration, this droll drama is the most tantalizingly opaque and allusive of Kiarostami’s films, containing numerous references to poetry and several key figures (including the old woman) who are never seen.

This Week (click showtimes to purchase)

Friday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICETASTE OF CHERRYFIRST LOVEKiarostami ShortsTHE DEAD CENTER

Saturday

A WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2: Introduction from Ashkan Bahrani, Vanderbilt University (1:00pm)
SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICEA WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2HOMEWORK + educational shortsFIRST LOVECLOSE-UPTALK TO HER (Hable con ella)THE DEAD CENTER12 Hours of Terror

Sunday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYTALK TO HER (Hable con ella)LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICECLOSE-UPFIRST LOVETASTE OF CHERRYTHE WIND WILL CARRY USTHE DEAD CENTER

Monday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICEFIRST LOVELITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Tuesday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICECLOSE-UPFIRST LOVEHOMEWORK + educational shortsRental Screening: THE SACRED PLACES PROJECT: Moments in the WildernessTHE DEAD CENTER

Wednesday

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODYLINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICETASTE OF CHERRYFIRST LOVEA WEDDING SUIT + CASE NO. 1, CASE NO. 2NJFF: KING BIBI: THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHUTHE DEAD CENTER

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