Close-Up, Good Bye Lenin

Thursday, April 28@ 7PM


“A dense and subtle masterpiece from Iran (1990, 97 min.) by Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), this documentary–or is it pseudodocumentary?–follows the trial of an unemployed film buff in Tehran who impersonated acclaimed filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf and became intimate with a well-to-do family while pretending to prepare a film that was to feature them. Kiarostami persuades all the major people involved to reenact what happened, finally bringing the real Makhmalbaf together with his impersonator for a highly emotional exchange. Much of the implicit comedy here comes from the way “cinema” changes and inflects the value and nature of everything–the original scam, the trial, the documentary Kiarostami is making. Werner Herzog has called this the greatest of all documentaries about filmmaking, and he may not be far off–if only because no other film does more to interrogate certain aspects of the documentary form itself. In Farsi with subtitles.” -Jonathan Rosenbaum

Thursday, April 14, at 7:15pm

Good Bye Lenin

On Thursday, April 14, at 7:15pm, we will be showing the film “Good Bye Lenin.” This is a fantastic, original script about a political change in 1989 in East Germany while revealing the underlying story of the march of Westernization, but most all it is a tribute to a mother. This is not a movie about political and social change but one about the importance of family and the wiliness to do anything to keep a loved one from harm, even faking the course of history. Directed by Wolfgang Becker (121 min)