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"About Elly" (Darbarye Elly)

Free screening of the acclaimed Iranian film at the 2009 AFI Film Festival in Hollywood.

Monday, November 02, 2009
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mann Chinese 6 Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

This taut, involving drama, centered around the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent, with an unrivaled ability to chronicle the malaise of middle-class Iranian society. Working in a highly controlled film industry that has progressively shut down the most innovative directors over the past three years, Farhadi has miraculously sidestepped the censors in earlier work like FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY. In his new film, a joyful party of friends—three married couples with kids plus the newly divorced Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini) and young kindergarten teacher Elly (Taraneh Alidousti)—drive to the Caspian Sea for a three-day holiday. The plan, masterminded by Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani), is to introduce Elly to Ahmad, who’s looking for a new wife. Sepideh tells the elderly lady who rents them a big beach house the first lie: that Ahmad and Elly are newlyweds. Given Iranian social conventions, this is understandable, but it begins a chain that will have dire consequences.

Sponsored by CNES for AFI Fest 2009.

FREE TICKETS available to all movies! You can order a maximum of 20 tickets across the seven days of scheduled films. There is a two ticket limit for each evening red carpet gala. Tickets can be ordered online, by phone at 1-866-AFI-FEST, or in person at the Festival Will Call desk in the Hollywood and Highland Center's Mann Chinese 6 Theatre main lobby on the third level.

Cost : Free tickets available through AFI but not guaranteed. Go to for details.

Amy Bruinooge, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1455
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