Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No One Knows About Persian Cats


Taking its cues from Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up and Jafar Panahi'sOffside, both of which employed a blend of fiction and documentary to chronicle extreme cases of fandom, No One Knows About Persian Catsoffers a number of Tehran's real-life indie-rock obsessives an opportunity to enact their trials and vent their frustrations on camera. Filmed surreptitiously over the course of seventeen days, Bahman Ghobadi's latest follows twentysomething rockers Negar and Ashkan, who—fresh off their brief stints in prison—are frantically trying to gather their fellow bandmates to play a music festival in London. As they scramble to obtain fake passports, polish their songs, and mount a local show, Ghobadi surveys the cultural landscape: a network of cellars, attics, cowsheds, and hidden studios that provide the only available space for these musicians to indulge their illegal passions... [The rest of the post can be read at The L Magazine.]

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