A schlock horror low-budgeter which is fine on atmospherics but rather silly in the script department, David Pujol's Corman-inspired debut, "The Black Bible," starts out strongly enough but…
More than 10 years after "Mediterraneo," director Gabriele Salvatores docks at another island, Ibiza, where rampant commercialism exists side by side with ex-hippies, fishermen and artists…
For many viewers, Iranian cinema is synonymous with charming, gently melancholic films about children. "The Little Bird Boy" is for them. Shot on Iran's Azerbaijan border along the Caspian Sea, pic…
A film without social problems or pretenses, "White Dream" is a gentle, touching tale about a feeble-minded man who becomes infatuated with a lovely woman passing through the shop where he works.
Aimed at worldwide fans of Iran's cult poet Farough Farroukhzad (1935-1967), this 3x60-minute docu by well-known film critic Nasser Saffarian is comprehensive, fast-moving and often astonishing.
A tragicomedy about a plane hijacking, with New York's concurrently collapsing Twin Towers glimpsed on airport TV, may not seem like good timing or good taste for an Iranian film.
First feature in 13 years from strongly independent helmer Naser Taghvai ("Captain Korshid," "O Iran"), "Blank Page" has much to say about contemporary middle-class life. Its portrait of a restless…
By DEBORAH YOUNG Both a fascinating glimpse into the recent presidential elections in Iran and a devastating portrait of women’s role in society, “Our Times” is a refreshing documentary antidote to a…
The hair-raising true story of a young Afghan actor caught up in a Catch-22 political limbo during a visit to the Hamburg Film Festival is movingly recounted in "Heaven's Path."
Dariush Mehrjui, whose 1969 "The Cow" opened up a new era in Iranian filmmaking, puts aside the sophisticated city narratives of his recent films to examine the tragedy of provincial women struggling…