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…
The midlife crisis of a successful professional man is put into the perspective of eternity in "A House Built on Water," an ambitious film that attempts, not always successfully, to integrate…
Among the most thoughtful and rewarding practitioners of truly independent-minded American cinema over the last three decades, James Benning concludes his most recent trilogy of 90-minute pics on…
Breaking a five-decade silence, 81-year-old Traudl Junge (nee Hump) talks about her life in the corridors of Nazi power in "Blind Spot Hitler's Secretary."
The flagging Bulgarian film industry won't get much of a boost from "Fate as a Rat," a heavy-handed and interminable exercise in stylized realism with no immediately apparent point. Completist fests…
"Mutants" is an incisive, small-scale first feature from Hungarian Film School graduate Katalin Godros. A sensitively made teenage road movie, pic is probably too modest to gain much attention, but…