Iranian Film Festival At MFAH Begins Thursday
Three Iranian films will be screened this weekend as part of the 17th Iranian Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Song of the Sparrows
7 p.m. on Jan. 21 and and 5 p.m. on Jan. 24
Oscar-nominated director Majid Majidi (Children of Heaven) is in top form with this saga that begins with a quest but ends with a man finding his heart’s desire in his own backyard. A grizzled farm-country husband and father is fired from his job and sets off on his motorbike for Tehran. The big city opens his eyes but begins to close his heart until capricious fate steps in to adjust his course.
No One Knows about Persian Cats
8 p.m. on Jan. 22
The film follows two intelligent and determined Persian teens as they jump through hoops doing what in many other countries is relatively simple: forming a rock band. As they comb Tehran’s basements, recording studios, and even cattle ranches for other fellow rockers, they begin to understand the difficulty of attaining artistic freedom in a highly restrictive society. A reception follows in the museum galleries.
7 p.m. on Jan. 23
An Iranian high-school student and an illegal Afghan worker risk Romeo and Juliet status when the girl’s horrified family refuses to bless their spontaneous union. Supported by an affectionate grandfather, the couple moves to unforgiving Tehran where the two are thrust into grim adulthood.