Brooklyn Academy of Music to review Shahram Mokri films

Brooklyn Academy of Music to review Shahram Mokri films

Brooklyn Academy of Music plans to review movies by Iranian filmmaker Shahram Mokri during a special program beginning Friday.

The academy has announced that Mokri will attend the question-and-answer sessions following the screenings.

One of the films selected to be screened during the weeklong festival is his 2017 drama “Careless Crime”, winner of the Premio Bisato d’Oro for Best Original Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.

In this film, Mokri’s mind-bending mystery combines fact and fiction in the form of a true story, the Cinema Rex fire of 1978.

In its review of “Careless Crime,” the academy called it a “mysterious puzzle box, equal parts Abbas Kiarostami and Chris Marker.”

Brooklyn Academy of Music to review Shahram Mokri films

The program also features “Invasion”. Sports, murder, and a swirl of overlapping identities and reality comprise Mokri’s third film.

In a futuristic dystopia, it is a science fiction-detective-vampire story with influences from new wave films from the 1980s like “Liquid Sky,” conceived as a single-shot experiment and hybrid tale.

“Fish & Cat” and “Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories” will also be reviewed.

In “Fish & Cat”, young Iranian kite-flying enthusiasts gather at a dismal lake, near a restaurant with grisly fare straight out of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Mokri’s eerie, circular, dream-like second feature, inspired by a true story, is a brilliantly unclassifiable, single-shot meditation on 1970s American slasher films filtered through an art house lens.

It is the winner of the Venice Film Festival Special Prize for Innovative Content.

“Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories” is Mokri’s first feature. It is a delightfully offbeat black-and-white comedy about interconnected strangers and the mysterious workings of fate, played out in deadpan Jim Jarmusch-like vignettes.

In its announcement for the film, the Brooklyn Academy of Music has said, “Watch for sly references to film noir classics in this eccentric Iranian gem.”

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