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Half Moon (Niwemang)

Los Angeles Film Festival 2007

Sunday, June 24, 2007
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Billy Wilder Theater
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd @ Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Comedy and tragedy are deftly juggled in Bahman Ghobadi’s stirring tribute to the long-suppressed cultural traditions of Kurdistan. A legendary Iranian-Kurdish musician (Ismail Ghaffari) assembles his many instrument-wielding sons — as well as a mysterious female singer — for a dangerous road trip into Iraq where they have been invited to play a concert celebrating the fall of Saddam Hussein. Shot on location against the harshly beautiful landscapes of the Iran-Iraq border, Ghobadi’s life-affirming film, inspired by the Requiem, mixes political critique with side-splitting farce and inflects neorealistic style with visionary flourishes.

Austria, France, Iran, Iraq, 113 min
In Kurdish and Persian with English subtitles

Director:  Bahman Ghobadi
Writer:  Bahman Ghobadi
Producer:  Bahman Ghobadi
Cinematographers:  Nigel Bluck, Crighton Bone
Editor:  Heyedeh Safiyari
Music:  Hossein Alizadeh
Cast:  Ismail Ghaffari, Allah Morad Rashtiani, Hedieh Tehrani, Golshifteh Farahani, Hassan Poorshirazi

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Cost : $11.00

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