Iranian and Romanian Films

March 25th, 2003 by Adam

Two films will be presented by the International Film Series at Plymouth State College this spring.
Dayereh (The Circle) will be shown Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m.

Directed by Jafar Panahi, Dayereh is shown in Farsi with English subtitles. In this story, three Iranian women are left to fend for themselves after leaving an Iranian jail, but in order to leave town, they must resort to prostitution to raise money. Their world is one of constant surveillance, bureaucracy and age-old inequalities. However, this world cannot extinguish the spirit, strength and courage of the circle of women.

Dayereh was highly controversial in Iran and was banned initially by the government, though it received a limited release after winning an award at the 2000 Venice Film Festival.

This year’s series ends April 23 with the 7:30 p.m. screening of Lucian Pintile’s film, Le Chêne(The Oak). In Romanian with English subtitles, the film is set in Romania during the last days of the Communist dictatorship. The beautiful, recklessly defiant Nela, after the death of her father, sets off into the desolate countryside to bury her father’s ashes. There, she and a brilliant, rudely irreverent doctor conduct a makeshift love affair while trying to survive in a disintegrating society.

International films are hosted free of charge at the Frost Academic Commons on School Street in Plymouth.
For information contact Peter Drexel, 535-2696 or Horst Freyhofer, 535-2634.