Attempted murder -- Iran -- Teheran -- Drama, Motion picture actors and actresses -- Iran -- Drama, Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Iran -- Drama, Police -- Iran -- Teheran -- Drama

A Moment of Innocence

(Nun va goldun), (The Bread and the Vase)

Imported 35mm Print

  • Introduction

    Hossein Khosrowjah is a senior adjunct professor at California College of the Arts in the Visual Studies Department. His book, The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami, will be published later this year.

A fascinating humanist experiment and investigation . . . full of warmth and humor as well as mystery.

Jonathan Rosenbaum

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Mirhadi Tayebi, Ali Bakhshi, Ammar Tafti,

A chance meeting with the policeman Makhmalbaf stabbed when he was a young anti-Shah militant forms the basis for this revelatory metanarrative on cinema, mythmaking, and how we remember and retell our own stories. Seeing him again during a film audition years after the incident (the policeman, of course, wants to be an actor), Makhmalbaf approaches his former foe with an intriguing idea: to revisit their encounter as a film. Their memories, however, differ: Makhmalbaf recalls a political act, the policeman a thwarted romance with Makhmalbaf’s female colleague. Showcasing how our own memories are more idealized than fully realized, this self-reflective masterpiece is “delicate, funny, and touching by turns” (Variety).

Jason Sanders
  • Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Mahmoud Kalari
  • Farsi
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 78 mins
  • Makhmalbaf Film House

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A moment of silence (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 2001

Critic's choice: A moment of innocence (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2000

A moment of innocence (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 2000

Stating his independence through strong storytelling (review), Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas, 2000

A moment of innocence (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 1997

A moment of innocence - Nun va goldun (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1997

A moment of innocence (program note), Singapore International Film Festival, 1997

A moment of innocence (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, Dimitri Eipides, 1996

Locarno: A moment of innocence (Nun va goldun) (review), Variety, Derek Elley, 1996

A moment of innocence (flyer), New Yorker Films

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