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PERFF20: The Chess of the Wind

CTC 93 MIN

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Synopsis

An unheralded landmark of Iranian cinema, Mohammad Reza Aslani’s debut feature is set during the rule of the Qajar dynasty and chronicles the fallout when a noble family’s matriarch passes away, kindling tensions new and old among her heirs. Screened publicly just once and long thought lost after the 1979 Revolution, The Chess Game of the Wind evokes the work of Luchino Visconti in its sumptuous, refined, and poetic rendering of aristocratic decadence, the passage of time, the ties that bind, and the desires that set us against one another. Featuring a remarkable score by the trailblazing female film composer Sheyda Gharachedaghi and masterfully lensed by Houshang Baharlou with a candle-lit grandeur reminiscent of Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, The Chess Game of the Wind ranks among the great recent (re) discoveries of world cinema.

Movie Information

Release date

Sunday 6th December

Duration

93 min

Rating

CTC

Cast

Shohreh Aghdashloo, Fakhri Khorvash, Shahram Golchin

Director

Mohammad Reza Aslani

Genre

Film Festival

Participating Cinemas

Palace Norton Street



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