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3 must-watch Iranian films

Update : 03 Mar 2015, 06:00 PM

Dubbed as the most ‘artistic cinema’ in existence today, Iranian cinema has in recent decades emerged as a significant and influential voice in world cinema. Among the recent addition to the rich and diverse Iranian film scene, here’s our pick:

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Tagged as “the first Iranian vampire Western,” a slinky creeper set in an imaginary Iranian underworld — appropriately depicted in glistening black and white — writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s auspicious debut spices its genre with elements of neo-noir and even spaghetti Western. House of Card’s Ayla Sayyad famed Mozhan Marnò portrays a lead here. Taxi

The film has been described as a portrait of the Iranian capital Tehran and as a documentary-like film is set in a Tehran taxi that is driven by the director himself. The taxi passengers include men and women, young and old, rich and poor, traditionalists and modernists, pirated video vendors, and advocates of human rights who candidly confided to Panahi. Ever since the 20 year ban from making films was imposed upon him, Pahani’s third film won him the Golden Bear and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 65th Berlinale. Today

Directed by Reza Mirkarimi, Iran’s entry to 87th Academy Awards illustrates a Tehran taxi driver who becomes the impromptu protector of a desperate young pregnant woman after he rushes her to the hospital. This deceptively small-scale drama chronicles a brief but stirring encounter between two strangers with absorbing performances. 

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