Film Screening: Santouri/Dariush Mehrjui/2007/106 min/35mm
Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui (The Cow, The Pear Tree) will premier his latest film Santouri. Originally approved by the Iranian authorities and shown at the government-sponsored Fajr Film Festival, Santouri won the Best Actor and Audience Award. Yet it was banned indefinitely before its scheduled opening in Tehran. The film features two popular stars, Bahram Radan and Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies), as a musician couple whose deep love for each other is no match for a devastating addiction to heroin. In Persian with English subtitles. Discussion with Dariush Mehrjui following the screening moderated by Dr. Jamsheed Akrami, Film Professor, William Paterson University. Reception follows. 'Santouri the Music Man, a harrowing account of a greatly gifted artist's slide into heroin addiction, is another sweeping yet incisive film from Dariush Mehrjui, one of Iran's most accomplished and courageous filmmakers for four decades.' Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times Cosponsored by Iranian-American Society of New York.