Fall 2016 Film Series: On the Job

 

1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

7PM in Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Room 150, 1500 E. University Blvd.

Free and open to the public
All films have subtitled or spoken English

 

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Films
 
Toll Booth (10/5)
The Fish Fall in Love (11/2)
 

 

September 7

Abbas Kiarostami: A Report

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The IFVC.com synopsis:

An analysis of the style and vision of Abbas Kiarostami, the world’s most iconic Iranian filmmaker, through the lens of his earliest work, including his first short film (Bread & Alley, 1970) and, particularly, his first feature, The Report. This early example of Kiarostami’s work gives insight into his poetic, humanistic tendencies, combining allegorical storytelling with a documentary, neo-realist sensibility, and often exploring the very nature of film as fiction, that have pervaded his work ever since, including such recent international sensations as A Taste of Cherry and Certified Copy. Exclusive interviews with film critics, historians and scholars (including the late great Andrew Sarris) and those directly involved in the making of The Report provide a look at how the career of this master independent auteur began and was shaped.

Director
Bahman Maghsoudlou

Country of Origin
Iran, USA

Language
Persian/English
(English Subtitles)

Year/Time
2013 / 83 min

Presenter
Kamran Talattof, Roshan Institute Professor in Persian and Iranian Studies, University of Arizona

 

October 5

Toll Booth

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From the Slant review:

Throughout Tolga Karaçelik's Toll Booth there's mention of a meteor careening toward Earth. But the threat of global apocalypse means very little to stone-faced Kenan (Serkan Ercan), a tollbooth operator working at one of Turkey's busiest highways, a man of routine who has very little interest in social interaction. Deemed “robot” by a mawkish co-worker, Kenan efficiently ushers in a day's worth of cars in a fraction of the time, but the kinetic opening credit sequence documenting Kenan's daily grind suggests he's a machine about to malfunction. After a quiet, nondescript series of shots inside Kenan's cramped home, Karaçelik cuts to the sweltering exterior of the toll station and the film becomes a Tony Scott-esque symphony of shaky-cam shots and jump cuts, all scored to a crescendo of wailing string instruments. This tonal dichotomy proves Kenan's perspective is distrusting, a skipping record of experience on endless repeat.

Director
Tolga Karaçelik

Country of Origin
Turkey

Language
Turkish (English subtitles)

Year / Length
2010 / 96 min

 

November 2

The Fish Fall in Love

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From the SFGate.com review:

Both as a metaphor and a delectable dinner item, fish play a prominent role in this drama set along Iran's Caspian Sea, where the older man once lived decades ago. His return to his former town - to the woman named Atieh whom he loved dearly, to the house that he owns, which Atieh has partly converted into a popular restaurant - is a jolt to everyone, including himself. The man (Reza Kianian), whose name is Aziz, was previously in prison, and is coming from Tehran, the chaotic Iranian capital that's the antithesis of this sleepy coastal haunt.

"Mistakes were made," Aziz all but says in his reintroduction to Atieh (Roya Nonahali) and Atieh's grown daughter (Golshifteh Farahani), who helps her mother in the frenetic kitchen that supplies awe-inspiring meals to the townspeople. Two other women whom Atieh took in round out the kitchen help. The women's camaraderie - their crying, laughing and yelling amid all their troubles with men - gives "The Fish Fall in Love" an enticing dimension.

Director
Ali Raffi

Country of Origin
Iran

Language
Persian (English subtitles)

Year / Length
2006 / 96 min

Presenter
TBD

 

December 7

Zero Motivation

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From the Los Angeles Times review:

Satiric, surreal, unexpected and at times wildly funny, "Zero Motivation" is a savage black comedy that eviscerates an unexpected target: the Israeli army, officially known as the IDF. Whatever your image of the Israel Defense Forces is, heroic or otherwise, it's not what you're going to see here.

Winner of the narrative feature award at Tribeca as well as a great success in Israel, where it won six Israeli Oscars, including awards for director and screenplay for filmmaker Talya Lavie, "Zero Motivation" takes place in a country where two years of military service is mandatory for 18-year-olds of both sexes.

Instead of dealing with frontline troops or a grueling combat situation, "Zero Motivation" takes you behind the scenes in a human resources office on a remote military base where women's work includes serving coffee and snacks to officers and filling positions like Postal NCO and Paper and Shredding NCO. And, no, as the title indicates, these soldiers do not work and play well together, and they are not happy in their work.

Director
Talya Lavie

Country of Origin
Israel

Language
Hebrew (English Subtitles)

Year/Time
2014 / 97 min

Presenter
TBD

 

 

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