Program 5: Downpour

Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:30 pm
Asia Society Museum

Screening Program 5: Downpour
As part of Iranian New Wave 1960s-1970s (Film Series)

128 min. B/W.
A teacher has been transferred to a school in a poor and conservative district. He encounters the beautiful sister of a student and develops feelings for her. Although this young woman is intrigued by his attention, she is already engaged to a local butcher. In this small community where social codes are strictly followed, gossip about the two soon start to spread. Suddenly this modern intellectual finds himself under bizarre surveillance. This feature debut evokes French New Wave for its youthful impulse and Italian Neorealism for its realistic portrayal of local life. (Restored by the World Cinema Foundation at Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna/ L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in 2011. Funding provided by Doha Film Institute.)

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Above: Bahram Beyzaie, “Downpour” (1972). Iran. 128 min. B/W. Courtesy of Asia Society Museum.