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CafeCinema 14: Silence(Sokut): Mohsen MakhmalBaf

Sun 25 Oct 2009, 18:00, by Gilda Boffa, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)

Dear Cinephiles/ Colleagues/ Friends,
Following the monthly video screening sessions of "Café Cinema", which has been focused on Iranian film history in a twelve session program, the 10th monthly video screening will present "The Silence", a prominent film from "Mohsen Makhmalbaf", Director of distinguished films as the likes of Safar e Ghandehar (aka Kandahar, International/English title) (2001), Gabbeh (1996), Nassereddin Shah, Actor-e Cinema (aka Once Upon a Time, Cinema) (1992), The Cyclist (1987) 

Gilda Boffa is a recent graduate of the masters program in Film Studies at Concordia University. She wrote her thesis about the influence of Persian mystical thought and poetry on the later cinema of Mohsen Makhmalbaf. She will give a lecture about how these elements inform the film that we will be screening, The Silence. 

Plot Summary: 

Because of his special gift in identifying objects by the sounds they make, a blind young boy is employed as a string instrument tuner in a small village in Tajikistan. He may be blind but that does not mean he cannot see. On his way to work, he could tell the quality of the bread the young girls along the streets are peddling by simply touching their ware. His world is made more colorful and quaint because of his sensitivity to his surroundings. The only problem is that he is easily "tempted" by street musicians' performances and arrives late at work.  

Entrance for 2 sessions: 5$ (You may just show your last ticket if you have participated any previous session. Tickets for 5 sessions are available at $10). The money goes for development of future cultural/cinematic events of Café Cinema. YOUR DONATION is highly appreciated.

RSVP  please, Due to the limitation of seats

Director:Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Writer:Mohsen Makhmalbaf (writer)

Release Date: 9 September 1998 (France)

Runtime:76 min

Country:Iran | Tajikistan | France




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