After a successful inaugural launch of Quint @ The Fridge film screening last week (I heard the place was packed), the second week sees the screening of the brilliant Iranian film No One Knows About Persian Cats. I only saw it a few weeks ago on TV and posted some of the music from the film in my Music Monday section.
One of the things I love about the film are the scenes of Tehran that you see during the songs. It shows a very human side of the city and the daily lives of people.
If you live in Dubai and have not yet watched this film, don't miss it this Saturday. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
No One Knows About Persian Cats is the fifth feature by award-winning director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses, Turtles Can Fly), winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes film festival. Co-written by imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, the film is an indictment of cultural repression in Iran’s exciting underground music scene, a powerful cinematic foreshadowing of current protest movements, and a celebration of an entire generation of Iranians striving towards personal and creative freedom.
Shot in secret and featuring extraordinary performances by real underground bands, No One Knows About Persian Cats follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the City’s vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.
Date and time: 13th August 2011 at 8.30pm
Venue: The Fridge, Warehouse #5, 26 Street, (location map)