"BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM" COMES TO WALNUT CREEK
Fri. March 10th - 7:30 PM
Sat. March 11th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sat. March 18th - 7:30 PM
OAK VIEW ROOM,
WALNUT CREEK LIBRARY
[1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek]
$12 General Admission
(available on first-come basis, beginning 30 min. before showtime)
[Free for Mountain Shadow Members - Info? See Membership Tab]
"Asghar Farhadi’s film yields a tonal and emotional friction that’s simultaneously tragic, transcendent, and comic." - Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
Winner of “Best Foreign Language Film," the Iranian filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi (previous Oscar-winning film A Separation), skipped the award ceremony in protest over the U.S. Travel ban. Instead, a spokesman read a statement from the filmmaker: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/27/asghar-farhadi-oscar-trump-best-foreign-language-the-salesman
Forushande (The Salesman) is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Billed as a Drama / Thriller, film critic Godfrey Cheshire (rogerebert.com) contends it is not: “It’s a psychological and moral drama about how one man’s anger and damaged self-image drive him to the brink of destroying the very thing he ostensibly most wants to protect: his marriage.” - From Iran, with English subtitles • Rated PG-13 • 125 min. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlKN5PBVLN8
Note: Mountain Shadow members may recall we brought Asghar Farhadi’s film, ABOUT ELLY, to our audiences in August, 2015. A copy of that film resides in our Member Lending Library.
You can see the trailer here.
Film Review & Commentary
As the son of a railway worker, Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto’s sympathies for the working class are in his bones. But when he achieves success as a world-renowned poet and later Nobel prize winner, he changes his name to Pablo Neruda; and joins a company of world-class intellectual elites like the artist, Pablo Picasso, and existentialist philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre. He is not just an esoteric, rabble-rouser poet. In 1948, he is also a Chilean opposition leader, whose political views are subversive to the status quo; where gross economic disparity reigns and divides a nation. When a warrant is issued for his arrest, he will run only fast enough to elude and torment his would-be captor. The escapade will blur fiction and non-fiction as an epic cinematic poem. To read the full review, click on the image above.
Charlie Chaplin once said, “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!” There’s also hardly anything funny to be found in the first fifteen minutes of this Norwegian cinematic drama-comedy; but subtle humor that underlies much of the way the real world exists will break through the ice and expose both the absurdity and touching beauty of life. Click on the image above to read the full review.