Mohammed Shirvani´s documentary “President Mir Qanbar” can be seen on August 3rd.
After the daily news showers we got on protests and violence in Iran thanks to its disputed election, here comes a movie tip for the one who wants to get a closer look at Iran and a whole other president campaign that once traveled the country.
Mohammad Shirvani´s documentary “President Mir Qanbar” is a:
2005 Iranian documentary who follows a 74-year-old retiree who is dedicated to winning an elected position in the government. Despite a profound lack of success in his campaign, he and a faithful friend campaign tirelessly, traveling from village to village, handing out flyers and talking with farmers, shepherds, and assorted passers-by.
Mohammad Shirvani started making short films and documentaries in 1991. He is part of a new generation of Iranian filmmakers who take an avant-garde approach to storytelling, using low-cost digital technology, not only as a cinematic style but also to avoid censorship. Previous films by Shirvani includes Nahf (2004), and The Candidate (2001).
Unfortunately, the Monday screening of “President Mir Qanbar”, is only in Persian with Chinese subtitles, so for those of us who are Chinese language ignoramuses, there´s not much to do but to view this clip or to read more about it on Cinematical, who offers a lengthy and interesting review of the movie.
Where: Broadband International Cineplex
6/F, Shanghai Times Spuare, 99 Huaihai Lu,
Huaihai Zhong Lu
near Pu’an Lu, Metro Line 1 Huangpi Nan Lu Station
6391-0363, 6391-0351, 6391-0755
Starts: Aug 3rd, 6:30 pm
Check out what other movies are showing in Shanghai this coming week. Links lead to info about times and venues.
- Up: Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old, has always dreamed of visiting the South African wilderness. One day, he attaches his house to a super-cluster of hydrogen balloons and sets off his adventure with an 8-year-old boy. Brought to you by the creative team behind Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Cars. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra: One of our favorite cartoons is hitting the silver screen this summer. The elite Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity (read: G.I. Joe) takes on Cobra, an evil organization led by a nefarious arms dealer. The film follows the rise of Cobra and the G.I. Joe, so those new to the series will have an easy time following along. In Mandarin or English depending on the cinema.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously “This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: When Sid’s attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him.
- Terminator Salvation: Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet´s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Chinese language movies:
- Tracing Shadow: A martial arts adventure set at the end of the Ming Dynasty. The country is in turmoil and the Manchurians are poised to advance upon Beijing. Kung-fu masters, royal guards and local bandits are fighting ruthlessly for a mysterious treasure map hidden inside the Ming palace.
- Cyborg Girl: On his 20th birthday, the unsociable Jiro Kitamura bumped into a lovely girl and they spent a memorable night together. But the mysterious female disappears the next morning and never comes back. A year later, Jiro meets the girl again and realizes she’s a cyborg from the future. The two begin living together and Jiro finds himself falling hopelessly for this emotionless superbot. Mandarin only.
- The Magic Aster (马兰花): A nostalgic story and an all-star cast are the attractions of the Chinese animation film “The Magic Aster.” The fantasy film, about a magic aster flower which helps the kind-hearted protagonist, is adapted from a popular 1950s stage play of the same name.
- McDull Kung Fu (麦兜武当）: This Hong Kong cartoon film tells the story about Mai Dou, a little piglet who leaves Hong Kong and go to Wudang Mountain to learn martial arts.
- Overheard (且听枫韵): The film stars Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu as a trio of police officers conducting surveillance on a listed company.
- One night in supermarket (夜店): A one-thing-leads-to-another comedy of misadventure entirely set in the pic’s title location. It’s the wee hours at Wang Wang Supermarket, where nerdy stockroom boy Li Junwei is on duty with – and only has eyes for – Tang Xiaolian. But the quiet soon lapses into chaos when balding, pop-eyed He Sanshui comes in with two doofus heavies and demands to speak to the mart’s boss lady, Wang Sufen.
Films in other languages:
- Séraphine: In this film based on the life of the painter Séraphine de Senlis, a German art collector on holiday notices a small but stunning painting in his rented apartment. He purchases the painting immediately and discovers that the work was created by a cleaning lady named Séraphine de Senlis. French with Chinese subtitles
- French Films: The summer breeze, the stars, maybe even a picnic… what could be more romantic? Except perhaps a French film (or 3)! On June 6, July 4, and August 1, Alliance Française presents “Le Premier jour du reste de ta vie”, “L’heure d’été” and “La vie est un long fleuve tranquille”. All movies in French with Chinese subtitles.