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Amir
Year:  2018
Running Time:  106 minutes
Country:  Iran
Language:  Persian with English subtitles
Genre:  Drama
Venue:  Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street, Tiburon]
Cast:  Milad Keymaram,Seyd Mostafa Ghadiri, Behdokht Valian, Sahar Dolat Shahi
Showtime:   Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 08:00 PM
Director:  Nima Eghlima

Description:
  Now in his thirties, Amir is beleaguered by other peoples’ problems. His friend Ali’s ex-wife and son have gone missing, his sister is desperately trying to break away from the family, and his parents are trying to keep the family together. Amir is a film about contemporary Iran, about a generation whose private lives are determined more by the rules of society than by their own will.

First-time writer/director Nima Eghlima tells the story of a man—and, ultimately a country—suffocating under the weight of societal expectations and a foreboding sense that all his efforts to meet them will be futile in this bleakly urgent slice of social realism from Iran.

We meet 30-something Amir at a point in his life where he has become the epicenter of other people’s problems. His friend’s ex-wife has gone missing, having threatened to leave the country with the couple’s son; his grown-up sister is desperate to leave home despite their parents’ fierce efforts to keep the family together.

It isn’t clear whether Amir intends to help all of them, but no-one’s asking him to… Nima Eghlima’s feature debut is a film about a contemporary Iranian generation that is subject to so many rules there’s no room for free will. Using resourceful image-framing and precision camerawork he articulates issues that are still taboo, but that doesn’t make them any less pressing.

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Screening with: Translation

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