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CafeCinema 18: Mon oncle Antoine by Claude Jutra

Sun 28 Mar 2010, 17:00, by Bardia Sa'adi Nejad & Morad Sadeghi, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
We at Cafe Cinema are happy to announce that "Cinéma Québécois, 4 of the best movies of all time 4 you" is our New program! The history of cinema in Quebec started on June 27, 1896 when the French Louis Minier inaugurated the first movie projection in North America in a Montreal theatre room. However, it would have to wait until the 1960s before a genuine Quebec cinema industry would emerge. Approximately 620 feature length films have been produced, or partially produced by the Quebec film industry since 1943. Mon oncle Antoine is a 1971 National Film Board of Canada (Office national du film du Canada) French language drama film. Québécois director Claude Jutra co-wrote the screenplay with Clément... more >>

CafeCinema 17: SHIRIN: Abbas Kiarostami

Sun 28 Feb 2010, 18:00, by Bardia Sa'adi Nejad & Morad Sadeghi, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
As we promised, we finalize "Iranian Cinema Through the Ages", the first program for our monthly digital screening sessions at "Café Cinema" with SHIRIN, an extraordinary different movie from Abbas Kiarostami! In recent decades Iranian cinema has achieved a global reputation for its poetic qualities, mystical thoughts and novel experimentation in form and style, creating a unique film aesthetic of its own. Long-established Iranian filmmakers such as Abbas Kiarostami, Dariush Mehrjui, Amir Naderi, and Bahram Beyzai, and more recent ones including Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi, and Bahman Ghobadi, are now screened regularly all over the world at prominent film festivals and in commercial cinemas, their work debated, analyzed and studied by critics, academics and students. Kiarostami's film Shirin, meanwhile,... more >>

CafeCinema 16: The wind will carry us (Baad ma ra ba khod khahad bord): Abbas Kiarostami

Sun 20 Dec 2009, 18:00, by Dr. Peter Rist, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
As you better may know, the twelve session program of "Iranian Cinema Through the Ages", our monthly video screening sessions at "CaféCinema" is already over!  However, we at CaféCinema would pleasurably like to announce that we will have two more special sessions. The first one with the honorable presence of Professor Peter Rist, the former chair of "The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema" at Concordia University as the presenter will be Abbas Kiarostami's masterpiece "Bad ma ra khahad bord" (1999), aka "The Wind Will Carry Us". To avoid overlapping the Christmas holidays, exceptionally this session will not be on the last Sunday of the month; it will be held on Sunday 20 Dec 2009 instead.  Peter Rist's (Professor,Ph.D., New York... more >>

CafeCinema 15: Turtles can Fly: Bahman Ghobadi

Sun 29 Nov 2009, 18:00, by Bardia Saadi-nejad, Morad Sadeghi, Gilda Bofa, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
Following the monthly video screening of "CaféCinema", "Iranian Cinema Through the Ages", the 12th monthly session will present "Turtles can Fly" (2004) a multi-award-winning well-known film from Bahman Ghobadi, the director of reputedly prominent films such as "A Time for Drunken Horses (2000), and "Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats" (2009), which won "Special Jury Prize - Un Certain Regard" at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. you may like to watch some excerpts from the movie at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM4WHowIeMA&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgrrR_f9JC8&feature=player_embedded Bahman Ghobadi's Filmography as a director: 1) "Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh" (2009) ... aka Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats (International: English title) (International: English title) ... aka No One Knows About Persian Cats (International: English title) 2)... more >>

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... more >>

CafeCinema 13: Circle (Dayereh): Jafar Panahi

Sun 26 Jul 2009, 18:00, by Bardia Sa'adi Nejad & Morad Sadeghi, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
Following the monthly video screening sessions of "Cafe Cinema", which has been focused on Iranian film history in a twelve session program, "Iranian Cinema Through the Ages", the 9th monthly video screening will present "Circle (Dayereh)", a film from Jafar Panahi. Note: We had planned to screen "Taste of cherry" in its 9th monthly video screening, and dear professor Peter Rist, the chair of school of cinema at Concordia University, was supposed to be the lecturer. Unfortunately, he is not in Montreal because of summer vacations and we needed to change the screening schedule as we would love to have him talking on one of Kiarostami's masterpieces. Synopsis: In a hospital waiting room a woman learns her daughter, Solmaz Gholami,... more >>

CafeCinema 12: Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi)

Sun 28 Jun 2009, 18:00, by Bardia Sadi nejad and Morad Sadeghi, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
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CafeCinema 11: Mosaferan (Travellers): Bahram Beizaie

Sun 7 Jun 2009, 18:00, by Bardia Sa'adi Nejad & Morad Sadeghi, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
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CafeCinema 10: The Runner,Davandeh (Amir Naderi)

Sun 26 Apr 2009, 18:00, by Bardia Sa'adi Nejad & Morad Sadeghi, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
Following the monthly video screening of Café Cinema focusing on Iranian Cinema in a one year--twelve sessions--program, the 6th session will include a masterpiece of Iran cinema The Runner. Davandeh is a 1985 film by Amir Naderi, one of the major directors of Iranian cinema before and after the Iranian Revolution. The Runner was perhaps the first of the post-revolution Iranian films to attract worldwide attention. It set the tone for many of the films which followed: realism, child's eye perspective of the world, innocence, gentleness, set in poor neighbourhoods, exposing great disparities in wealth, resting much of the film on the shoulders of one young actor, using children's lives as analogies for, or explicit expositions of, the problems of... more >>

CafeCinema 9: Asrar ganj dareheye jenni (Ebrahim Golestan)

Sun 29 Mar 2009, 18:00, by Bardia Sa'adi Nejad & Morad Sadeghi, at Visual Arts:1395 Rene Levesque West, Montreal (Map)
Asrar ganj dareheye jenni (1974, The Ghost Valley's Treasure Mysteries) A masterpiece of Iran cinema by Ebrahim Golestan.... more >>

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