A Moment of Innocence
(Nun va goldun), (The Bread and the Vase)
Imported 35mm Print
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).