Loft Cinema 2021 Film Fest: A Hero
CMES and Loft Cinema have become community partners for the next few weeks to present award-winning films focusing on Middle Eastern stories and creators! The first film in the series is A Hero.
Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, whose intricate dramas A Separation and The Salesman both won Oscars, returns with another gripping, incisive study of human frailty. In this year’s Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner, Rahim (Amir Jadidi) is a calligrapher who was imprisoned when he could not repay a mounting debt.
While Rahim is on a two-day release from his medium-security penitentiary, his girlfriend, Farkhondeh (Sahar Goldoust) presents him with a golden opportunity that will secure his release. Once he becomes a so-called free man, Rahim is flanked by his family — including a vulnerable son from a previous marriage — his adoring admirers, his weary debtors, and even his former jailers, while mounting expectations surround him like a pile of bricks. Through impeccable plot twists that play out like a life-or-death game of snakes and ladders, our hero’s days of freedom come to feel numbered. Farhadi’s richly-textured take on gossip, social media, and society’s collective downfall is funneled through his brilliant knack for turning an individual story about a moral dilemma into a powerful metaphor for an entire nation. (Dir. by Asghar Farhadi, 2021, Iran/France, in Farsi with English subtitles, 127 mins., Rated PG-13)
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