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With films like Taste of Cherry, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has matched primal themes with self-conscious, self-reflective artifice to make some of the greatest movies of recent years.
Precious rather than profound, sententious rather than wise
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2011
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Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010
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Review: No One Knows About Persian Cats

The options for filmmakers, musicians, and other artists in Iran have dwindled to about two: arrest or exile.
Litter of the law: Bahman Ghobadi’s Persian Cats is up to scratch
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2010
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Boston film group protests arrest of Iranian director

At the Montreal Film Festival last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was serving as president of the international jury.
Power of cinema?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010
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Persian miniatures

You can see what is probably the most significant filmmaking right now in Iran by going to YouTube and viewing the artless images of brutality in the streets of Tehran captured by scores of average Iranian citizens armed with cell-phone cameras.
Films from Iran choose indirect confrontation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010
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Crimson green

"In the summer before the revolution [against the shah], if you asked someone if there might be a revolution, an optimistic person would say, maybe in a century."
Banned director Jafar Panahi on Iran's vicious circle
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009


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Review: Goodbye Solo

So far in his brief career, North Carolina native Ramin Bahrani has tapped into the greatest naturalist filmmakers and come back the richer.
Optimistic cabbie meet cranky codger
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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Man make movie

Poverty is making a comeback, on the streets and on movie screens.
Ramin Bahrani observes and reports
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2009
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Sin city

Sex and drugs rock the Boston Festival of Films from Iran
Sex and drugs rock the Boston Festival of Films from Iran
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 04, 2008
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The Pool

Chris Smith, maker of the hilarious indie gems American Job and American Movie , set this quietly moving story in the Indian state of Goa, using a mostly non-professional cast.  
Quietly moving, and full of dark secrets
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 01, 2008
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Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge|The Flight of the Red Balloon

Such a multiple remove from a concrete object to various levels of simulation would probably be dizzying or even annoying as posed by any filmmaker other than the great Iranian auteur.
Clear and serene
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 16, 2008


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Portuguese man of war

Manoel de Oliveira occupies a unique seat on the global film culture’s board of directors.
Manoel de Oliveira at the HFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 12, 2008
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Persian gulf

Another “Festival of Films from Iran” opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Bush Administration still hasn’t started bombing Tehran.
Bridging it at the ‘Festival of Films from Iran’
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007
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Fissionable material

The Iranian masters upon whom we’ve come to depend seem for the moment to be indulging in their global fame.
Gauging the new wave at the Festival of Films from Iran
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 10, 2006
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Last man standing

Here’s my favorite movie trivia question: what living film director can claim the earliest extant film? The answer: Portugal’s Manoel de Oliveira, born in 1908 and still directing.
Plus Judy Stone’s stellar interviews and Look Both Ways
By GERALD PEARY  |  July 19, 2006
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No fooling

Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006


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The Arab street

Watching the news lately, you can’t help thinking that nobody has an idea what’s going on in the Arab and Islamic world.
Merzak Allouache’s other world at the HFA  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 2006