The White Balloon
aka Badkonake sefid
First screened in May 2015
Director: Jafar Panahi. Cast: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Hamidreza Tahery, Asghar Barzegar, Hasan Neamatolahi, Bosnali Bahary, Aliasghar Smadi, Mohammed Bakhtiar, Mohammad Shahani, Anna Borkowska, Homayoon Rokani. Screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami (based on an idea by Jafar Panahi and Parviz Shahbazi).

Twitter Capsule: Simple, tender storytelling reveals careful facets; like the goldfish, it dances while seeming to stay in place.

VOR:   Arrival of a major filmmaker, working closely but distinctively with another. Iranian art cinema minus the fussy meta-levels, without sacrificing layers and depth. A breakthrough abroad.

Photo © 1995 Ferdos Films/I.R.I.B. Channel 2, © 1996 October Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Cannes Film Festival: Caméra d'or (Best First Film)
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film

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