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Middle Eastern Challenge - Official; August 2018

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » August 24th, 2018, 11:52 pm

36. Musallat 2: Lanet (2011 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {22 checks}
37. Uc Harfliler 3: Karabuyu (2016 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {2 checks}
38. Turn Left at the End of the World (2004 / Avi Nesher / Israel) FTV 8/10 {29 checks}
39. Siccin (2014 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {25 checks}

I'll be away from the internet for the next week but I will be back to post my viewings on the 31st.

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1. Ölüm savasçisi (1984 / Cuneyt Arkin, Cetin Inanc / Turkey) FTV 9+/10 {24 checks}
2. Vahsi Kan (1983 / Cetin Inanc / Turkey) FTV 7+/10 {19 checks}
3. Tarkan and the Blood of the Vikings (1971 / Mehmet Aslan / Turkey) 7+/10 {239 checks}
4. The Deathless Devil (1973 / Yilmaz Atadeniz / Turkey) 6+/10 {29 checks}
5. Turist Ömer Uzay Yolu'nda (1973 / Hulki Saner / Turkey) FTV 5+/10 {251 checks}
6. Seytan-i racim (2013 / Arkin Aktac / Turkey) FTV 6/10 {11 checks}
7. Ammar (2014 / Ozgur Baker / Turkey) FTV 6/10 {10 checks}
8. No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009 / Bhaman Ghobadi / Iran) FTV 7/10 {325 checks}
9. The Band’s Visit (2007 / Eran Kolirin / Israel) 9+/10 {785 checks}
10. Under the Olive Trees (1994 / Abbas Kiarostami / Iran) 8+/10 {885 checks}
11. A Separation (2011 / Asghar Farhadi / Iran) FTV 9+/10 {9834 checks}
12. Ten (2002 / Abbas Kiarostami / Iran) FTV 7/10 {1402 checks}
13. The Messiah (2007 / Nader Talebzadeh / Iran) FTV 7+/10 {4 checks}
14. Alamet-i Kiyamet (2016 / Doga Can Anafarta / Turkey) FTV 7+/10 {1st check}
15. Muska (2014 / Ozkan Celik / Turkey) FTV 5/10 {5 checks}
16. 10 on Ten (2004 / Abbas Kiarostami / Iran) FTV 7/10 {110 checks}
17. Mustang (2015 / Deniz Gamze Erguven / Turkey) FTV 8/10 {1841 checks}
18. 20 Fingers (2004 / Mania Akbari / Iran) 7+/10 {25 checks}
19. Helak: Kayip Koy (2015 / Ozgur Bakar / Turkey) FTV 6/10 {7 checks}
20. Disturbing the Peace (2016 / Stephen Apkon, Andrew Young / Israel, Palestione) FTV 7+/10 {4 checks}
21. Iron Island (2005 / Mohammad Rasoulof / Iran) FTV 7+/10 {47 checks}
22. Azem: Cin Karasi (2014 / Volkan Akbas / Turkey) FTV 4/10 {2 checks}
23. 3 Harflilier: Marid (2010 / Arkin Aktac / Turkey) FTV 4/10 {13 checks}
24. About Elly (2009 / Asghar Farhadi / Iran) FTV 9/10 {1409 checks}
25. From Iran, A Separation (2013 / Azadeh Moussavi, Kourosh Ataee / Iran) FTV 7/10 {3 checks}
26. This is Not a Film (2011 / Moitaba Mirtahmaslo, Jafar Panahi / Iran) FTV 5/10 {842 checks}
27. The Mirror (1997 / Jafar Panahi / Iran) 8+/10 {306 checks}
28. Waltz With Bashir (2008 / Ari Folman / Israel) FTV 8/10 {8937 checks}
29. Two Women (1999 / Tahmeneh Milani / Iran) FTV 7+/10 {23 checks}
30. The Kindergarten Teacher (2014 / Nadav Lapid / Iran) FTV 8+/10 {59 checks}
31. El-Cin (2013 / Hasan Karacadas / Turkey) FTV 5/10 {20 checks}
32. Ammar 2: Cin Istilasi (2016 / Ozgur Bakar / Turkey) FTV 5/10 {3 checks}
33. Border Cafe (2005 / Kambuzia Partovi / Iran, Turkey) FTV 8/10 {27 checks}
34. Cairo Time (2009 / Ruba Nadda / Egypt) FTV 8/10 {238 checks}
35. Musallat (2007 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 6/10 {92 checks}

36. Musallat 2: Lanet (2011 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {22 checks}
37. Uc Harfliler 3: Karabuyu (2016 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {2 checks}
38. Turn Left at the End of the World (2004 / Avi Nesher / Israel) FTV 8/10 {29 checks}
39. Siccin (2014 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {25 checks}

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Post by sebby » August 25th, 2018, 12:41 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
August 24th, 2018, 9:43 pm
sebby wrote:
August 24th, 2018, 8:34 am
close-up long shot 1996 - 5/10
The number you are looking for is FOURTEEN. circumstance 2011 - 5.5/10

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01 a time for drunken horses 2000 - 6/10
02 Cheraghi dar meh 2008 - 8/10
03 leila 1997 - 6.5/10
04 the other side of hope 2017 - 6.5/10
05 paradise now 2005 - 6/10
08 the pear tree 1998 - 6.5/10
22 the day i became a woman 2000 - 7.5/10
what's in a #. cairo station 1958 - 7/10
you tell me. under the bombs 2007 - 3/10
ده. کلوزآپ ، نمای نزدیک
11 turtles can fly 2004 - 6/10
12 mossafer 1974 - 6.5/10
close-up long shot 1996 - 5/10
The number you are looking for is FOURTEEN. circumstance 2011 - 5.5/10
Sebby, can you please fix your posts here?

You had a judgment go against one of your watches. It sucks, and I've been there. I'm sorry the ruling went against you. But it's now become this whole "thing" and I'd like to see this resolved, rather than let it fester and get worse.

And to be clear, this is putting me in an awkward position. At the end of the month, I'm going to grab the standings from the OP of the three official challenges and run out the stats for the leaderboards and 2018 challenge series. As of this moment, your data from this challenge won't be included in any of that. I'm telling you this to set expectations for you and to give you an opportunity to fix things before the end of the month. No hard feelings or anything, just want smooth sailing moving forward. :cheers:
If you want to know my number at the end of the month, just shoot me a message and I'll give you data more accurate than has been featured in the OP.

As far as judgments go, challenge host or not, if you aren't familiar with the film you shouldn't be handing them out. If enough people who have seen TOSOH agree with SOL, then cool, but so far that's not been the case so I'm placing my judgment above his. Because, you know, I've seen the film and I feel it should count. Ultimately my count at the end of the month means little, it's not like I'm going to win or hit 100 films. It's the principle of the thing, and my heels are dug in. As are his, it seems. So it goes!

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Post by sol » August 25th, 2018, 3:43 am

Hi sebby. :) Just to let you know, I respect your decision not to participate properly in protest, even though it prevents me from being able to include you in the leaderboard.
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Post by sol » August 25th, 2018, 7:33 am

Middle Eastern PromisesShow
1. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) Iran
2. Footnote (2011) Israel
3. The Testament (2017) Israel
4. The Wedding Plan (2016) Israel
5. Hunting Elephants (2013) Israel
6. Memories on Stone (2014) Iraq
7. Waltz with Bashir (2008) Israel
8. Divorce Iranian Style (1998) Iran
9. The Serpent of Death (1990) Egypt

10. Operation Thunderbolt (1977) Israel

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Klaus Kinski is excellent as the ice-cold German in charge of the terrorists here and Mark Heath is well cast as the unpredictable Idi Amin. Unfortunately, all of the Israeli characters are lifeless by comparison. Most of the hostages are stock types barely developed beyond stereotype; same goes for the soldiers. The film additionally missteps by confining all of the action to the final 20 minutes. There are several intense sections here though (hiding the knife; sitting in uncertainty in a boiling hot stationary plane) and the loyalty of the French flight crew is very heartfelt.
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Post by OldAle1 » August 25th, 2018, 5:37 pm

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1. Haji Agha actore cinema / Haji Agha, the Cinema Actor (Ovanes Ohanian, 1933, Iran)
2. Avodah / Work (Helmar Lerski, 1935, Palestine)
3. Adamah / Tomorrow's a Wonderful Day (Helmar Lerski, 1947. Israel/Palestine)
4. Dananir (Ahmed Badrakhan, 1940, Egypt)
5. Afrita hanem / Lady Afrita / Little Miss Devil (Henry Barakat, 1949, Egypt)
6. Darb al-mahabil / Fool's Alley (Tewfik Saleh, 1955, Egypt)
7. Zi'ab la ta'kol al lahm / Kuwait Connection (Samir E. Khouri, 1973, Egypt)
8. Giv'a 24 Eina Ona / Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Thorold Dickinson, 1955, Israel)
9. Two short films from 1983 38+28=66 minutes

a) The Great Sadness of Zohara (Nina Menkes, 1983, Israel)
b)Harb Aala el Harb (Maroun Bagdadi, 1983, Lebanon)

10. Sukka banat / Caramel (Nadine Labaki, 2007, France/Lebanon)
11. Three shorts, 25+15+20= 60 minutes, all from Iran

a) P mesle Pelican / P is for Pelican (Parviz Kimiavi, 1972)
b) Malek Khorshid / The Sun King (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1975)
c) Jaam-e Hasanlou / The Hassanlou Chalice (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1964)

12. Eskiya (Yavuz Turgul, 1996, Turkey)
13. Al-makhdu'un / The Dupes (Tewfik Saleh, 1972, Syria)
14. Tales of an Island (Rakshan Banietemad/Mohsen Makhmalbaf/Dariush Mehrjui, 2000, Iran)
15. Stardust Stricken - Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait (Houshang Golmakani, 1996, Iran)
16. Chronicle of a Disappearance (Elia Suleiman, 1996, Palestine/Israel/USA/Germany/France)
17. Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006, Iran)
18. Kasaba / The Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997, Turkey)

Ceylan's first feature is a beautifully composed and shot b&w work that starts out as sort of a portrait of disparate individuals in a small, rather backwards mountain town - schoolchildren in a classroom, a young man who mostly smokes and looks sour, then goes to a fair and sits glumly on rides, men butchering goats (warning!), and two of the school kids walking through a forest, where the young boy turns a turtle on it's back. At about the 1/3 point it shifts to a group sitting around a campfire in the forest - some of the same characters we've already seen, telling stories and philosophizing, mostly about how the small village always draws people back. It's beautiful and contemplative, but I must admit a little dull at times, and while I don't necessarily need a distinct plot or forward motion, I wasn't as enamored of this particular stasis as I am by, say, Lav Diaz or Ming-liang Tsai - or the later Ceylan films I've seen.

19. Raghs dar ghobar / Dancing in the Dust (Asghar Farhadi, 2003, Iran)

Another first feature, and like Ceylan's, not as impressive to me as the later work I've seen. Here there's certainly plot, even if it's minimal, though curiously it has a similar structure to Ceylan's film in that the first third and the latter two thirds are quite distinctly separate. In this case, a young man has trouble with his marriage - he can't pay the fees, and his new wife's mother is (apparently) a whore and everybody wants him to divorce her. But he can't afford that either. Running from the law, he takes refuge in the truck of an old man he works with selling snakes, and they end up out in the desert, hostile towards each other at first, and then... This is fairly compelling as narrative, and I liked the ending - which is certainly reminiscent of the director's later work - but the young man is so damn irritating through most of the film that I just couldn't care as much as maybe I should. Like the Ceylan film, quite beautiful cinematically, though in this case it's richly colorful.

20. Kadin düsmani / Woman Despiser (Ilhan Engin, 1967, Turkey)

The one IMDb film calls this a "proto-giallo" and indeed that's it - young women are being murdered - stabbed or strangled - in Istanbul and the police are hunting for the killer. He's a game-player, picking women whose first names start with the same letter as the names of the districts he kills them in, and we're introduced to several possible suspects, one of whom has a connection to the lead cop's girlfriend. This is rather primitive and low budget and I can't say much for the acting, and it's fairly predictable, but the noirish, very dark b/w photography is nice and the novelty carried it through to some extent. Not bad.

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Post by sol » August 26th, 2018, 1:49 am

Middle Eastern PromisesShow
1. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) Iran
2. Footnote (2011) Israel
3. The Testament (2017) Israel
4. The Wedding Plan (2016) Israel
5. Hunting Elephants (2013) Israel
6. Memories on Stone (2014) Iraq
7. Waltz with Bashir (2008) Israel
8. Divorce Iranian Style (1998) Iran
9. The Serpent of Death (1990) Egypt
10. Operation Thunderbolt (1977) Israel

11. The Delta Force (1986) Israel

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While Golan's similarly themed Operation Thunderbolt is more gritty and realistic without the over-the-top stunts and action here (shooting rockets from a motorcycle), this is a far more character-based piece with a number of the hostages fleshed out in depth. We also get a real understanding of how the titular force and its personnel tick. Then again, the terrorists here are overly hotheaded and easily irate compared to Klaus Kinski in the early film. Comparisons and contrasts aside, this is a decent thriller if implausible at times.

12. The Insult (2017) Lebanon

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Both Kamel El Basha and Adel Karam are excellent in the main roles here with their body language conveying more than their insulting words, but the film really ignites when both seek legal advice after an assault occurs. Their respective lawyers have their own agendas, as it turns out, and are actually more interested in turning the courtroom into a Scopes style legal battle over Palestinian/Christian tensions in their country, and as the film progresses, both men seem more and more like helpless pawns in a legal game.
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Post by 3eyes » August 26th, 2018, 1:53 am

15. Five broken cameras (Palestine 11) - double
Wow.

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1. Darbare 111 dokhtar / (About) 111 girls (Iran 12) - Triple
2. Ashkan, angoshtar-e motebarek va dastan-haye digar (Iran 09) - Rewatch (triple)
3. Keshtzar haye sepid / The white meadows (Iran 09) - triple
4. Chand kilo khorma baraye marassem-e tadfin / A few kilos of dates for a funeral (Iran 06) - triple
5. Sag-haye velgard / Stray dogs (Iran 04) - triple
6. Niwemang / Half moon (Iran 06) (triple)
7. The Messiah (Iran 07) - (triple)
8. Rødt hjerte / Red heart (Nor-Iraq 11) - triple
9. Tardid / Doubt (Iran 09) - triple
10. Shorts (triple):
a. An mard motor darad / Of Men and Motorcycles (Iran 08, 26m)
b. Kozmak / Wound (Iran 14, 20m) - [not on IMDb]
c. Behesht Kojast / Where is the heaven (Iran 13, 14m)
11. Zende bad / Long live....! / Viva (Iran 79) - double
12. Shorts2 (triple)
d. Emza / The signature (Iran 14, 17m) [not on IMDb]
e. Boogh / The horn (Iran 05, 10m) [not on IMDb]
f. Peace (Iran 14, 4m) [not on IMDb]
g. Dars / The lesson (Iran 12, 15m) [not on IMBb]
h. Jaye doost, jaye doshman / Friend’s place, enemy’s place (Iran 07, 15m) [not on IMDb]
13. Shabah-e kazhdom / Spectre of Scorpion / The monster (Iran 87) - double
14. An seh / Those three (Iran 07, 80m) - triple
15. Five broken cameras (Palestine 11) - double
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Post by ororama » August 26th, 2018, 12:06 pm

4. The Circle (2000) * 87 min. (Iran)
5. Jellyfish (2007) * 78 min. (Israel)

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1. The Band's Visit (2007) * 87 min. (Israel)
2. Wadjda (2012) * 97 min. (Saudi Arabia)
3. The Mirror (1997) * 90 min. (Iran)

*First time viewing
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Post by sol » August 26th, 2018, 12:07 pm

Middle Eastern PromisesShow
1. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) Iran
2. Footnote (2011) Israel
3. The Testament (2017) Israel
4. The Wedding Plan (2016) Israel
5. Hunting Elephants (2013) Israel
6. Memories on Stone (2014) Iraq
7. Waltz with Bashir (2008) Israel
8. Divorce Iranian Style (1998) Iran
9. The Serpent of Death (1990) Egypt
10. Operation Thunderbolt (1977) Israel
11. The Delta Force (1986) Israel
12. The Insult (2017) Lebanon

13. Rabies (2010) Israel

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Deceptively titled, this Israeli black comedy from the directors of Big Bad Wolves has even less to do with rabies than it has to do with the initial premise of a serial killer hunting humans with bear traps in the woods. The loose plot does indeed involve a serial killer, but with various misunderstandings and cases of mistaken identity as the nine main characters each let their emotions get the better of them, this is ultimately one of the freshest, craziest and most original horror movies of recent years. Think Tucker and Dale vs. Evil in Israel.
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Post by sol » August 26th, 2018, 2:34 pm

Middle Eastern PromisesShow
1. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) Iran
2. Footnote (2011) Israel
3. The Testament (2017) Israel
4. The Wedding Plan (2016) Israel
5. Hunting Elephants (2013) Israel
6. Memories on Stone (2014) Iraq
7. Waltz with Bashir (2008) Israel
8. Divorce Iranian Style (1998) Iran
9. The Serpent of Death (1990) Egypt
10. Operation Thunderbolt (1977) Israel
11. The Delta Force (1986) Israel
12. The Insult (2017) Lebanon
13. Rabies (2010) Israel

14. Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) Israel

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This forbidden love drama benefits from a compelling turn by Cristina Marsillach as the emotionally torn young woman at the heart of the tale, however, the film never quite clicks as the "Romeo & Juliet in Palestine" tale that it aims for. Her love interest is always very pushy and pretty much forces himself on her, and while she does eventually consent, the whole restrictive family stuff is too familiar. It is, however, refreshing to come across a film set during its time period with dialogue in Ladino (not Hebrew or Yiddish) and the exterior locations are great.
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Post by OldAle1 » August 26th, 2018, 5:54 pm

I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it g…Show
1. Haji Agha actore cinema / Haji Agha, the Cinema Actor (Ovanes Ohanian, 1933, Iran)
2. Avodah / Work (Helmar Lerski, 1935, Palestine)
3. Adamah / Tomorrow's a Wonderful Day (Helmar Lerski, 1947. Israel/Palestine)
4. Dananir (Ahmed Badrakhan, 1940, Egypt)
5. Afrita hanem / Lady Afrita / Little Miss Devil (Henry Barakat, 1949, Egypt)
6. Darb al-mahabil / Fool's Alley (Tewfik Saleh, 1955, Egypt)
7. Zi'ab la ta'kol al lahm / Kuwait Connection (Samir E. Khouri, 1973, Egypt)
8. Giv'a 24 Eina Ona / Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Thorold Dickinson, 1955, Israel)
9. Two short films from 1983 38+28=66 minutes

a) The Great Sadness of Zohara (Nina Menkes, 1983, Israel)
b)Harb Aala el Harb (Maroun Bagdadi, 1983, Lebanon)

10. Sukka banat / Caramel (Nadine Labaki, 2007, France/Lebanon)
11. Three shorts, 25+15+20= 60 minutes, all from Iran

a) P mesle Pelican / P is for Pelican (Parviz Kimiavi, 1972)
b) Malek Khorshid / The Sun King (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1975)
c) Jaam-e Hasanlou / The Hassanlou Chalice (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1964)

12. Eskiya (Yavuz Turgul, 1996, Turkey)
13. Al-makhdu'un / The Dupes (Tewfik Saleh, 1972, Syria)
14. Tales of an Island (Rakshan Banietemad/Mohsen Makhmalbaf/Dariush Mehrjui, 2000, Iran)
15. Stardust Stricken - Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait (Houshang Golmakani, 1996, Iran)
16. Chronicle of a Disappearance (Elia Suleiman, 1996, Palestine/Israel/USA/Germany/France)
17. Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006, Iran)
18. Kasaba / The Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997, Turkey)
19. Raghs dar ghobar / Dancing in the Dust (Asghar Farhadi, 2003, Iran)
20. Kadin düsmani / Woman Despiser (Ilhan Engin, 1967, Turkey)
21. Alefbay-e afghan / Afghan Alphabet (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2002, Iran)

45-minute documentary about Afghan refugee children in northern Iran, and their difficulties in getting an education. This is really well done and quite moving, especially the second half which focuses on girls - all wearing the full black burkha demanded of the Taliban - especially one in particular who refuses to show her face or eyes at all, believing that she will be damned if she does because Mullah Omar said so. It's absolutely tragic, the ignorance and brainwashing of these kids, and certainly Makhmalbaf was suggesting that this isn't relegated to the Taliban or the Muslim world. I wish it had been longer, frankly, and gone into more detail about the situations at hand.

22. Darbareye Elly / About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009, Iran)

One of my favorite kinds of narrative is the story that starts out as one genre or mood, something we think is going to be one particular type of story, and then takes a radical turn into something else when we're far enough along into the movie to be settled down and complacent. A really striking example is John Sayles' Limbo which while having the same main three characters throughout is split sharply into two halves that could hardly be more tonally dissimilar. Farhadi's fourth feature isn't quite so easily divisible - and probably will seem even less so on another viewing - but there is a pretty sharp contrast between the light, playful tone of the first third or so and the rest of it, as a vacation on the seashore involving several friends and three young children from Tehran is interrupted unexpectedly and tragically. This is one of those deceptively simple stories with an awful lot going on under the surface, much of which makes itself felt slowly but inexorably as we move towards an unsurprising but still very powerful conclusion. While Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti, who also appears in the director's first great film Shah-re Ziba and his recent Forushande), a teacher brought along on the trip by a student' mother, and the clear outsider in the group, seems to be our possible central character in the beginning, the story gradually settles on Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani in her last role to date in Iran), the mother of Elly's student, and it is her relationship with Elly - or perhaps more accurately, the kinship she feels with Elly as we learn more about Elly's past and Sepideh's present, that comes to define what the film is really about. Like all of the director's films this deals with moral ambiguity and crises of conscience, though it is played a little more quietly for the most part, the relationships in many cases less clear, with more of a genuine sense of mystery to the whole story. I was very involved throughout and certainly thought it excellent as it ended, but it wasn't until thinking about it more and talking about it later for an hour or so that I came to feel a real greatness, and I think it might be on a par with the director's best.

23. Ha-Shoter Azulai / The Policeman (Ephraim Kishon, 1971, Israel)

An incompetent Israeli policeman is nearing his the finish of his 20th year, at which point he will be able to draw a pension, but he wants to continue and get promoted, in this comedy which is much gentler and more emotional than it first appears - I had the feeling it was going to be something akin to The Pink Panther initially but while there is plenty of broad comedy there's also a lot of pathos around our central, title character Azulai (Shaike Ophir, almost a dead ringer for Charles Bronson). Azulai clearly has many talents that would have served him in good stead in other professions - he's a religious scholar and fluent in several languages - but he never wanted to be anything but a cop, and he's no good at it - in fact he's so bad that when it looks like he's going to be pushed out of the force, a group of criminals try to save his job for him because a more competent policeman would hurt their business. I think the comedy and drama don't always gel that well here, and while Ophir is just great in the lead role, we really don't learn enough about why he is who he is to make the dramatic elements meaningful, and some of the more subtle comedy (like a lot of punning wordplay between Arabic and Hebrew) is certainly lost on me. Still, worth seeing for Ophir's performance and a few pretty funny scenes.

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Post by maxwelldeux » August 26th, 2018, 5:58 pm

Reminder: NOT the Mid-WestShow
1. Under the Shadow (2016, Iran)
2. My Father and My Son (2005, Turkey)
3. Where Should the Birds Fly (2013, Palestine)
"4. Shorts:
P Like Pelican (1972, Iran, 25m)
The Night It Rained (1967, Iran, 35m)"
5. Salaam Cinema (1995)
6. Five Broken Cameras (2011, Palestine)
7. Streets of Jerusalem (2004, Canada/Israel)
8. A Touch of Spice (2003, Greece/Turkey co-production)
9. Yol (1982, Turkey)
10. Sinai Field Mission (1978, USA - filmed in Egypt)
11. Baghdad ER (2006)

Pretty much exactly what you think it'd be - a documentary about a trauma ER in Baghdad on a US base during the Iraq war, filmed entirely in Baghdad. A bit Wiseman-esque in its presentation, there's a lot of fly-on-the-wall aspects, though it doesn't entirely make you feel like you were there. Solid presentation, but not above a "Fair" rating.

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Post by sebby » August 27th, 2018, 1:26 am

Middle Eastern Challenge Act III: In which sebby matches one act of asshattery with another and returns order to things

Hmm, what could I possibly mean by that? Let's just say that I am going to remove TOSOH from my count, as was requested by the challenge overlord, and present to you my new 14th watch:

14 absentia, a tv show, 120+ minutes of

Now hold on, you might be thinking. Absentia? That's a failed attempt at prestige TV acquired by the kings of failed attempts at prestige TV: Amazon Studios. It's in English, it seems on the surface to be an American thriller. Is this more protesty nonsense from the thread miscreant? Well, friends, allow me to take you on a journey to Absentia's IMDB page:

Here we see the country listing:

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Oh boy. First country listed: Israel. But is that enough? Let's keep going, just in case.

Who directed this thing, anyway?

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That's...that's not a very American sounding name. In fact, I'd say it sounds like an Israeli name. Ok, ok. But foreign directors often direct American tv shows. It's a thing. Surely the rest of the crew, at least the important ones, were American, yeah? How 'bout the rest of the crew? I bet they're mostly American!

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Gulp. A lot of those people. They're from. Israel.

Well that brings us to the final, most concrete piece of evidence: the production company. A piece of evidence that has been touted, in this country challenge and in others, as a sort of trump card. It's part of the reason TOSOH was deemed ineligible: no Syrian production company took part in the making of the film.

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I don't think at this point I need to tell you where Masha Productions is located, do I?

To sum up:

Israeli-funded
Israeli-produced
Israeli-directed
Israeli crew

Too much evidence to ignore. To brush aside. This TV show, which ain't fitting for this challenge, fits the rules of the challenge via loophole -- nicely replacing TOSOH, a film that fits the challenge, but was not counted.

In the spoiler you'll find my new count. Nice and neat, just for maxwell. And super-accurate, too, per the wonderful rules set forth for this challenge.
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01 a time for drunken horses 2000 - 6/10
02 Cheraghi dar meh 2008 - 8/10
03 leila 1997 - 6.5/10
04 paradise now 2005 - 6/10
05 the pear tree 1998 - 6.5/10
06 the day i became a woman 2000 - 7.5/10
07 cairo station 1958 - 7/10
08 under the bombs 2007 - 3/10
09 close-up 9.5/10
10 turtles can fly 2004 - 6/10
11 mossafer 1974 - 6.5/10
12 close-up long shot 1996 - 5/10
13 circumstance 2011 - 5.5/10
14 absentia, a tv show, 120+ minutes of
Thank you, and good night.

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Post by OldAle1 » August 27th, 2018, 1:38 am

Man I thought I had left drama behind on IMDb.

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Post by sebby » August 27th, 2018, 1:50 am

Is that also where you left your sense of fun?

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Post by OldAle1 » August 27th, 2018, 3:09 am

Can't afford one of those anymore, no public option on it. Thanks Obama!

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Post by sebby » August 27th, 2018, 3:30 am

His list of crimes is truly never-ending.

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Post by OldAle1 » August 27th, 2018, 3:32 am

Should've pardoned himself, that's what a smart president would do.

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Post by sebby » August 27th, 2018, 9:24 am

15 the sealed soil 1977 - 7/10
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01 a time for drunken horses 2000 - 6/10
02 Cheraghi dar meh 2008 - 8/10
03 leila 1997 - 6.5/10
04 paradise now 2005 - 6/10
05 the pear tree 1998 - 6.5/10
06 the day i became a woman 2000 - 7.5/10
07 cairo station 1958 - 7/10
08 under the bombs 2007 - 3/10
09 close-up 9.5/10
10 turtles can fly 2004 - 6/10
11 mossafer 1974 - 6.5/10
12 close-up long shot 1996 - 5/10
13 circumstance 2011 - 5.5/10
14 absentia, a tv show, 120+ minutes of
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Post by allisoncm » August 27th, 2018, 6:01 pm

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1. El haram/The Sin (1965) Egypt
2. Giv'a 24 Eina Ona/Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955) Israel
3. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) Yemen 5/10
4. Knafayim Shvurot/Broken Wings (2002) Israel
5. Sokout (1998) Iran 6/10

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Post by Mate_cosido » August 27th, 2018, 7:01 pm

34. Sürü - The Herd (1978, Zeki Ökten, Turkey)

35. Kizilirmak-Karakoyun - Red River, Black Sheep (1967, Lütfi Akad, Turkey)

36. Endise - Anxiety (1974, Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney, Turkey)

37. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996, Elia Suleiman, Palestine)

38. Namehay bad - Letters in the Wind (2002, Alireza Amini, Iran)

39. Sous les bombes - Under the Bombs (2007, Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon)

40. Theeb (2014, Naji Abu Nowar, United Arab Emirates/Qatar/Jordan)

41. Baba - Father (1971, Yilmaz Güney, Turkey)

42. Big Bad Wolves (2013, Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado, Israel)
Seen so far:Show
1. Nun va Goldoon - A Moment of Innocence (1996, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran) *rewatch

2. Salaam Cinema - Hello Cinema (1995, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran) *rewatch

3. Kafr kasem - The Massacre of Kafr Kassem (1975, Borhane Alaouié, Syria/Lebanon)

4. Captain Abu Raed (2008, Amin Matalqa, Jordan)

5. Tepenin Ardi (2012, Emin Alper, Turkey)

6. Kis Uykusu - Winter Sleep (2014, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey)

7. Yek Etefagh sadeh - A Simple Event (1974, Sohrab Shahid Saless, Iran)

8. A Flood in Baath Country (2005, Omar Amiralay, Syria)

9. Al hayatt al yawmiyah fi quariah suriyah - Everyday Life in a Syrian Village (1976, Omar Amiralay, Syria)

10. Niwemang - Half Moon (2006, Bahman Ghobadi, Iran) *rewatch

11. Omar (2013, Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine)

12. Where Should the Birds Fly (2013, Fida Qishta, Palestine)

13. Al-dajaj - The Chickens (1977, Omar Amiralay, Syria)

14. Zir-e poost-e shahr - Under the Skin of the City (2001, Rakhshan Banietemad, Iran)

15. Urs al-jalil - Wedding in Galilee (1987, Michel Khleifi, Palestine)

16. Ayneh - The Mirror (1997, Jafar Panahi, Iran)

17. Beyrouth ya Beyrouth - Beirut Oh Beirut (1975, Maroun Bagdadi, Lebanon)

18. Lamma shoftak - When I Saw You (2012, Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/Jordan)

19. Khomreh - The Jar (1992, Ebrahim Forouzesh, Iran)

20. Mustang (2015, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Turkey)

21. Paradise Now (2005, Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine)

22. Me'Ahorei Hasoragim - Beyond the Walls (1984, Uri Barbash, Israel)

23. Sarmasik - Ivy (2015, Tolga Karaçelik, Turkey)

24. Afsane-ye-ah - The Legend of a Sigh (1991, Tahmineh Milani, Iran)

25. Al-ard - The Earth (1969, Youssef Chahine, Egypt)

26. Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand - Turtles Can Fly (2004, Bahman Ghobadi, Iran)

27. Al Dhakira al Khasba - Fertile Memory (1980, Michel Khleifi, Palestine)

28. Nimeh-ye penhan - The Hidden Half (2001, Tahmineh Milani, Iran)

29. Gece yolculugu - Night Journey (1989, Ömer Kavur, Turkey)

30. Chaharshanbe-soori - Fireworks Wednesday (2006, Asghar Farhadi, Iran)

31. The Syrian Bride (2004, Eran Riklis, Israel)

32. Layali ibn awa - The Night of the Jackal (1988, Abdellatif Abdelhamid, Syria)

33. Darbareye Elly - About Elly (2009, Asghar Farhadi, Iran)

34. Sürü - The Herd (1978, Zeki Ökten, Turkey)

35. Kizilirmak-Karakoyun - Red River, Black Sheep (1967, Lütfi Akad, Turkey)

36. Endise - Anxiety (1974, Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney, Turkey)

37. Chronicle of a Disappearance (1996, Elia Suleiman, Palestine)

38. Namehay bad - Letters in the Wind (2002, Alireza Amini, Iran)

39. Sous les bombes - Under the Bombs (2007, Philippe Aractingi, Lebanon)

40. Theeb (2014, Naji Abu Nowar, United Arab Emirates/Qatar/Jordan)

41. Baba - Father (1971, Yilmaz Güney, Turkey)

42. Big Bad Wolves (2013, Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado, Israel)

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Post by 3eyes » August 28th, 2018, 1:56 am

16. Al Moutabaki / The survivor (Iran 95) - triple

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1. Darbare 111 dokhtar / (About) 111 girls (Iran 12) - Triple
2. Ashkan, angoshtar-e motebarek va dastan-haye digar (Iran 09) - Rewatch (triple)
3. Keshtzar haye sepid / The white meadows (Iran 09) - triple
4. Chand kilo khorma baraye marassem-e tadfin / A few kilos of dates for a funeral (Iran 06) - triple
5. Sag-haye velgard / Stray dogs (Iran 04) - triple
6. Niwemang / Half moon (Iran 06) (triple)
7. The Messiah (Iran 07) - (triple)
8. Rødt hjerte / Red heart (Nor-Iraq 11) - triple
9. Tardid / Doubt (Iran 09) - triple
10. Shorts (triple):
a. An mard motor darad / Of Men and Motorcycles (Iran 08, 26m)
b. Kozmak / Wound (Iran 14, 20m) - [not on IMDb]
c. Behesht Kojast / Where is the heaven (Iran 13, 14m)
11. Zende bad / Long live....! / Viva (Iran 79) - double
12. Shorts2 (triple)
d. Emza / The signature (Iran 14, 17m) [not on IMDb]
e. Boogh / The horn (Iran 05, 10m) [not on IMDb]
f. Peace (Iran 14, 4m) [not on IMDb]
g. Dars / The lesson (Iran 12, 15m) [not on IMBb]
h. Jaye doost, jaye doshman / Friend’s place, enemy’s place (Iran 07, 15m) [not on IMDb]
13. Shabah-e kazhdom / Spectre of Scorpion / The monster (Iran 87) - double
14. An seh / Those three (Iran 07, 80m) - triple
15. Five broken cameras (Palestine 11) - double
16. Al Moutabaki / The survivor (Iran 95) - triple
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Post by OldAle1 » August 29th, 2018, 4:19 pm

I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it g…Show
1. Haji Agha actore cinema / Haji Agha, the Cinema Actor (Ovanes Ohanian, 1933, Iran)
2. Avodah / Work (Helmar Lerski, 1935, Palestine)
3. Adamah / Tomorrow's a Wonderful Day (Helmar Lerski, 1947. Israel/Palestine)
4. Dananir (Ahmed Badrakhan, 1940, Egypt)
5. Afrita hanem / Lady Afrita / Little Miss Devil (Henry Barakat, 1949, Egypt)
6. Darb al-mahabil / Fool's Alley (Tewfik Saleh, 1955, Egypt)
7. Zi'ab la ta'kol al lahm / Kuwait Connection (Samir E. Khouri, 1973, Egypt)
8. Giv'a 24 Eina Ona / Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Thorold Dickinson, 1955, Israel)
9. Two short films from 1983 38+28=66 minutes

a) The Great Sadness of Zohara (Nina Menkes, 1983, Israel)
b)Harb Aala el Harb (Maroun Bagdadi, 1983, Lebanon)

10. Sukka banat / Caramel (Nadine Labaki, 2007, France/Lebanon)
11. Three shorts, 25+15+20= 60 minutes, all from Iran

a) P mesle Pelican / P is for Pelican (Parviz Kimiavi, 1972)
b) Malek Khorshid / The Sun King (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1975)
c) Jaam-e Hasanlou / The Hassanlou Chalice (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1964)

12. Eskiya (Yavuz Turgul, 1996, Turkey)
13. Al-makhdu'un / The Dupes (Tewfik Saleh, 1972, Syria)
14. Tales of an Island (Rakshan Banietemad/Mohsen Makhmalbaf/Dariush Mehrjui, 2000, Iran)
15. Stardust Stricken - Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait (Houshang Golmakani, 1996, Iran)
16. Chronicle of a Disappearance (Elia Suleiman, 1996, Palestine/Israel/USA/Germany/France)
17. Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006, Iran)
18. Kasaba / The Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997, Turkey)
19. Raghs dar ghobar / Dancing in the Dust (Asghar Farhadi, 2003, Iran)
20. Kadin düsmani / Woman Despiser (Ilhan Engin, 1967, Turkey)
21. Alefbay-e afghan / Afghan Alphabet (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2002, Iran)
22. Darbareye Elly / About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009, Iran)
23. Ha-Shoter Azulai / The Policeman (Ephraim Kishon, 1971, Israel)
24. Gavaznha / The Deer (Masud Kimiai, 1974, Iran)

According to the official Iranian list, Film Magazine, this is the greatest film from the country. Well, at this point, after one viewing, I don't see it. It's a rather too long (127 minutes in the copy I saw) drama about a wounded criminal who has a huge amount of stole money and holes up with his old friend from school days, a generally pathetic man who's become a hardcore heroin addict. Behrez Vossoughi is really quite amazing as Seyed, the drug addict, and every scene that focuses on him is pretty great, but the long stretches of waiting in the apartment, and the social commentary about the usury of the apartment complex's owner isn't handled as well IMO. Certainly I could be missing some stuff due to cultural ignorance but on the hole I was a bit disappointed, if still finding this overall pretty good. The ending's similarity to
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or The Wild Bunch
can't be coincidental but I'm not entirely sure it works. Eh, one to give another go someday.

25. Hudutlarin Kanunu / Law of the Border (Lütfi Akad, 1966, Turkey)

Martin Scorsese's introduction to this entry in his World Cinema Project points out that there was only one print available and that it was in terrible shape and couldn't be improved to the standards we usually expect in a restoration, and he was certainly not understating the issues; this is the worst-looking thing I've ever seen from Criterion. Once you get past all the scratches and drop-outs and the sometimes muffled dialogue (looks like it was all post-dubbed and not always perfectly synched), it's a pretty fascinating film with a terrific ending, but it's more than a little confusing and challenging to figure out who is who and who is fighting with who in this western-drama about shepherds smuggling sheep over the border (which border? I don't think it's ever mentioned - presumably Iraq or Syria since it takes place in the southeast of the country). Perhaps there is also footage, or even a reel or two missing? Or the storytelling is just more elliptical and fragmented than I expected it to be with such a story. In any case it's quite beautiful to look at and listen to (spare guitar or guitar-like music) and it helps increase my eagerness for more Turkish cinema from this era and into the 70s.

26. Az Iran, yek jodaee / From Iran, A Separation (Kourosh Ataee/Azadeh Moussavi, 2013, Iran)

A short (52 minute) documentary about Farhadi's contemporary classic, it's reception within Iran and it's performance at film festivals and award shows throughout the world, culminating in the win for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards, the first for an Iranian film. It's nice to see a behind-the-scenes view of a film where actual negative criticism is heard - the best part for me is probably the argument between several people in a fabric shop about the film - though clearly the filmmakers themselves are on Farhadi's side, and I think by the end you get a feeling that whatever ordinary Iranians or intellectuals and critics might feel about the film, they are nearly all united in their feeling that he's helping at least a little bit to show that cinema is the export from the country that the world (and especially America) should care about, not terrorism.

27. Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad, 2005, Palestine/France/Germany/Netherlands/Israel)

The first film listed as being from "Palestine" to receive a nomination for Best Foreign Film from the Oscars, this is a solid if quite conventional piece of work about a couple of would-be suicide bombers and their (possible) last day - feuding with their boss at a car repair shop, romancing a client (who happens to be the daughter of a martyr), talking with family but not about their plans for the morrow, and finally, having all kinds of problems in carrying out their mission. Of course it's an attempt to humanize the face of the terrorist, and I think it succeeds quite well in that regard, but in drawing sympathy for or even a better understanding or context of their grievances it's less effective, and as narrative as I said it's very conventional and the ending came as no surprise. It's beautifully shot and very well acted, all very well put together, so I don't want to rag on it, but like most films that get major Oscar nominations it's a film to satisfy the well-meaning but not necessarily sophisticated liberal Oscar viewer, nothing more.

28. Chaharshanbe-soori / Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi, 2006, Iran)

My last Farhadi, apart from his newest from this year. Mmm, what can I say here? Apart from his first - and probably overall weakest, though still interesting - feature, there is a certain sameness of narrative style to all of his films; all of them start out a little "lighter" or less overtly serious, and gradually get more emotional and also more complex in their dealings with relationships and the nature of truth as they go along, and this is no exception. Roohi (Farhadi regular Taraneh Alidoosti), a young working-class woman from one of the far off, mountainous areas of Tehran, travels to a more prosperous area for a temporary job cleaning an apartment, and encounters an apparently feuding married couple, a woman next door who may or may not be involved with the husband, and several other peripheral individuals who all have something to say about the problems between these people. She becomes in essence a go-between or relay between the others and her decisions as to what to reveal, or whether to reveal a truth or a lie, may well have effects on everyone else and on her own conceptions of morality. This is all very well put together though I would say that as with some of the director's other films the seams do tend to show and the realism of the situations are sometimes questionable (why does everybody say all this stuff when Roohi is right there, for example?). There's also certainly some elements having to do with class here - Roohi isn't exactly treated badly, but it does seem like she's put down in subtle ways throughout - though I think that the subsequent A Separation gets more into those areas. As usual the acting is terrific, especially the wide-eyed and not-so-innocent performance of Alidoosti, but I guess in the end this didn't pull me in or excited me the way some of Farhadi's other films have. Good, maybe very good, but not great.

29. Buda as sharm foru rikht / Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Hana Makhmalbaf, 2007, Iran/France)

Under the shadow of the holes in which the Bamiyan Buddhas rested before their destruction by the Taliban (shown at the beginning of the film), a young girl is eager to go to school, but faces many obstacles from poverty to gender to less explicable forms of harassment. This is an engaging film but to be honest I probably wasn't in the best frame of mind for it - maybe I've watched too many such films recently and am getting tired of Iranian films focusing on children, frankly. Need to take a step back for a while. In any case while the feminist implications of the film could not be more clear and I couldn't agree more with them, I guess I just felt like I'd seen it before in similar forms. I will say that the latter half of the film with it's light touches of surrealism or whimsy, appealed to me more, and perhaps too I just wasn't as awake as I should have been. In any case it didn't outstay it's welcome and the performances of the kids - perhaps helped by the fact that the director was only 18-19 when she made the film - are all pretty terrific. I liked it, but I think I might like it more at another moment.

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Post by maxwelldeux » August 29th, 2018, 4:35 pm

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1. Under the Shadow (2016, Iran)
2. My Father and My Son (2005, Turkey)
3. Where Should the Birds Fly (2013, Palestine)
"4. Shorts:
P Like Pelican (1972, Iran, 25m)
The Night It Rained (1967, Iran, 35m)"
5. Salaam Cinema (1995)
6. Five Broken Cameras (2011, Palestine)
7. Streets of Jerusalem (2004, Canada/Israel)
8. A Touch of Spice (2003, Greece/Turkey co-production)
9. Yol (1982, Turkey)
10. Sinai Field Mission (1978, USA - filmed in Egypt)
11. Baghdad ER (2006)
12. 35 Acres (2008)

A documentary about Jerusalem and the debate over the holy land there. Interesting topic, boring documentary. Shot entirely in Jerusalem.

13. The White Helmets (2016)

Pretty intense documentary about the Syrian war, shaky camera included. I found some of the choices a bit distracting, but it was a good message. Interesting to see the conspiracy theorists blasting this doc.

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Post by flavo5000 » August 30th, 2018, 3:03 am

5. Kalevet (2010, Israel)
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1. Baskin (2015, Turkey)
2. Ushpizin (2004, Israel)
3. Le grand voyage (2004, Turkey)
4. Salaam Cinema (1995, Iran)
5. Kalevet (2010, Israel)

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Post by albajos » August 30th, 2018, 3:49 pm

03. Forushande (2016) Iran | France 2 official lists 1 342 checks

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02. El Clásico (2015)
03. Forushande (2016)
01. Rødt hjerte (2011)

By year
01. Rødt hjerte (2011)
02. El Clásico (2015)
03. Forushande (2016)

By off. lists
03. Forushande (2016) 2

By checks
03. Forushande (2016) 1 342
02. El Clásico (2015) 17
01. Rødt hjerte (2011) 5

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Post by tommy_leazaq » August 31st, 2018, 5:16 am

Only Middle Eastern film I have watched this month is something that;s controversial for its country's representation in the WC: Under the Bombs (2007) .

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Post by ororama » August 31st, 2018, 11:33 am

6. A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) * 83 min. (Yemen)

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1. The Band's Visit (2007) * 87 min. (Israel)
2. Wadjda (2012) * 97 min. (Saudi Arabia)
3. The Mirror (1997) * 90 min. (Iran)
4. The Circle (2000) * 87 min. (Iran)
5. Jellyfish (2007) * 78 min. (Israel)

*First time viewing

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Post by zzzorf » August 31st, 2018, 1:15 pm

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1. Boreg (2014, Israel) 3/10
2. Suicide (2014, Israel) 6/10
3. Tereddut (Clair-obscur) (2016, Turkey) 6/10
A triple challenge movie to end my month.

4. The Worthy (2016, United Arab Emirates) 6/10

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Post by sol » August 31st, 2018, 2:05 pm

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1. A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) Iran
2. Footnote (2011) Israel
3. The Testament (2017) Israel
4. The Wedding Plan (2016) Israel
5. Hunting Elephants (2013) Israel
6. Memories on Stone (2014) Iraq
7. Waltz with Bashir (2008) Israel
8. Divorce Iranian Style (1998) Iran
9. The Serpent of Death (1990) Egypt
10. Operation Thunderbolt (1977) Israel
11. The Delta Force (1986) Israel
12. The Insult (2017) Lebanon
13. Rabies (2010) Israel
14. Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) Israel

15a. The Night It Rained (1967) Iran 35mins. +
15b. P Like Pelican (1972) Iran 25min = 60min

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Two Iranian shorts; both are credited as documentaries on IMDb and iCM, however, Pelican seems to be a narrative feature. It is also the less interesting of the two movies. That is selling it a little short though since The Night It Rained is pretty fantastic, a film made by documentarians hoping to capture the story of boy who did a heroic deed, only to find doubt and scepticism when interviewing various locals along the way. I didn't catch every line spoken with those terrible pale subtitles, but I found it to be an excellent enough film to include it in my list for the Middle Eastern poll.
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Post by nimimerkillinen » August 31st, 2018, 3:10 pm

nimimerkillinen wrote:
August 11th, 2018, 5:13 am
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1. Salaam Cinema
2. Chronicle of Love and Pain
3. Gabbeh
4. Al-mummia
5. Nun va Goldoon
6.Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets
7.Life, and Nothing More...
8. Distant
9. Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life
10. Cairo Station
11. Winter Sleep
12. The Wind Will Carry Us

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Post by jdidaco » August 31st, 2018, 3:23 pm

9. Al-qahira menauwwara bi Ahlaha/Le Caire raconté par Youssef Chahine (Cairo as Seen by Chahine, Youssef Chahine, 1991) 9.5/10 (24 min), Swamp/Sumpf (Gil Alkabetz, 1992) 8/10 (11 min), Tasvir dar dorane Ghajar (Images from the Ghajar Dynasty, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1993) 8/10 (17 min), Madresei keh baad bord (The School Blown Away by the Wind, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1998) 7.5/10 (8 min) (Total: 60 min)
10. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami, 2017) 7/10

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That's it for me, sol, thanks for hosting,

!seen 10

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1. Kharij al-Hayat/Hors la vie (Out of Life, Maroun Bagdadi, 1991) 8/10
2. Al-mohager/L'émigré (The Emigrant, Youssef Chahine, 1994) 9/10
3. Gizli Yüz (The Secret Face, Ömer Kavur, 1991) 8/10
4. Karanlik sular (The Serpent's Tale, Kutlug Ataman, 1994) 8/10
5. Kit Kat (Daoud Abdel Sayed, 1991) 8/10
6. Al-kompars (The Extras, Nabil Maleh, 1993) 8.5/10
7. Dar kouchehay-e eshq (In the Alleys of Love, Khosrow Sinai, 1991) 8/10
8. Iran saray-e man ast (Iran Is My Land, Parviz Kimiavi, 1999) 9/10

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » August 31st, 2018, 4:41 pm

Our home internet connection has been playing up over the last week or so, I'm afraid. Quite a few viewings that I need to record here and time is short as the clock ticks down towards September... I'll probably post these recent viewings in two or three batches today and tomorrow.

29. 'Lüküs hayat' / 'The Luxurious Life' / 1950, Lütfi Akad / 7.5/10 / Turkey
30. 'Sayedat el kasr' / 'Lady of the Castle' / 1958, Kamal El Sheikh / 6.5/10 / Egypt
31. 'Laabet El Hob Wa El Gawaz' / 'Game of Love and Marriage' / 1964, Niazi Mostafa / 6/10 / Egypt
32. 'Tuvia Vesheva Benotav' / 'Tevye and His Seven Daughters' / 1968, Menahem Golan / 7/10 / Israel / West Germany
33. 'Aman Ya Donia' / 'Safety of the World' / 1991, Ibrahim Araes / 3/10 / Egypt
34. 'Blind Intersections' / 2012, Lara Saba / 6/10 / Lebanon / United Arab Emirates
35. 'Khaneye dokhtar' / 'The Girl's House' / 2015, Shahram Shah Hosseini / 6.5/10 / Iran
36. 'Daha' / 'More' / 2017, Onur Saylak / 7/10 / Turkey

Akad's 'The Luxurious Life' is a social comedy that mixes merriment and wry observation as two pickpockets surreptitiously enter a fine villa and find themselves among those gathered for a costume party. Plentiful and engaging use of dance and song and I particularly loved the energy of the chorus girls and the vibrancy of the Hispanic flavour that informed several of the flowing numbers. A Busby Berkeley-esque Turkish musical to delight in!

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1. Haji Agha actore cinema / Haji Agha, the Cinema Actor (Ovanes Ohanian, 1933, Iran)
2. Avodah / Work (Helmar Lerski, 1935, Palestine)
3. Adamah / Tomorrow's a Wonderful Day (Helmar Lerski, 1947. Israel/Palestine)
4. Dananir (Ahmed Badrakhan, 1940, Egypt)
5. Afrita hanem / Lady Afrita / Little Miss Devil (Henry Barakat, 1949, Egypt)
6. Darb al-mahabil / Fool's Alley (Tewfik Saleh, 1955, Egypt)
7. Zi'ab la ta'kol al lahm / Kuwait Connection (Samir E. Khouri, 1973, Egypt)
8. Giv'a 24 Eina Ona / Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Thorold Dickinson, 1955, Israel)
9. Two short films from 1983 38+28=66 minutes

a) The Great Sadness of Zohara (Nina Menkes, 1983, Israel)
b)Harb Aala el Harb (Maroun Bagdadi, 1983, Lebanon)

10. Sukka banat / Caramel (Nadine Labaki, 2007, France/Lebanon)
11. Three shorts, 25+15+20= 60 minutes, all from Iran

a) P mesle Pelican / P is for Pelican (Parviz Kimiavi, 1972)
b) Malek Khorshid / The Sun King (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1975)
c) Jaam-e Hasanlou / The Hassanlou Chalice (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1964)

12. Eskiya (Yavuz Turgul, 1996, Turkey)
13. Al-makhdu'un / The Dupes (Tewfik Saleh, 1972, Syria)
14. Tales of an Island (Rakshan Banietemad/Mohsen Makhmalbaf/Dariush Mehrjui, 2000, Iran)
15. Stardust Stricken - Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait (Houshang Golmakani, 1996, Iran)
16. Chronicle of a Disappearance (Elia Suleiman, 1996, Palestine/Israel/USA/Germany/France)
17. Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006, Iran)
18. Kasaba / The Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997, Turkey)
19. Raghs dar ghobar / Dancing in the Dust (Asghar Farhadi, 2003, Iran)
20. Kadin düsmani / Woman Despiser (Ilhan Engin, 1967, Turkey)
21. Alefbay-e afghan / Afghan Alphabet (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2002, Iran)
22. Darbareye Elly / About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009, Iran)
23. Ha-Shoter Azulai / The Policeman (Ephraim Kishon, 1971, Israel)
24. Gavaznha / The Deer (Masud Kimiai, 1974, Iran)
25. Hudutlarin Kanunu / Law of the Border (Lütfi Akad, 1966, Turkey)
26. Az Iran, yek jodaee / From Iran, A Separation (Kourosh Ataee/Azadeh Moussavi, 2013, Iran)
27. Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad, 2005, Palestine/France/Germany/Netherlands/Israel)
28. Chaharshanbe-soori / Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi, 2006, Iran)
29. Buda as sharm foru rikht / Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Hana Makhmalbaf, 2007, Iran/France)
30. Uzak / Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002, Turkey)

A middle-aged man, a successful photographer with a large apartment and a sea view in Istanbul, gets a visit from his somewhat younger cousin, denizen of a poor village, not so well-off, not so educated, come to stay while he looks for a job in the big city. Mahmut, the photographer, is rather neat, perhaps somewhat prissy, only smokes in the kitchen, is divorced but clearly still carries a torch for his ex, and has pretenses of being a Tarkovsky-loving intellectual; Yusuf, the cousin, is more a slob, seems to have no pretenses of anything except wandering around and making half-hearted attempts to chase women. An odd-couple situation for sure but the key is in the title, as both men start out distant from both each other and the world, and become if anything even more so over the course of the film. I'm still coming to grips with Ceylan's particular style of "slow cinema" but this is definitely the closest he's come to convincing me of his greatness (not that he needs to, who am I?). It's absolutely beautiful - I've always thought Istanbul was an interesting city and this shows off some of it's age, it's size, it's loneliness, and above all it's relationship with the sea - Yusuf is trying to get a job on a boat, and Mahmut has that sea view from his balcony. It's a sad film about how people have so much trouble connecting, but it also never fails to show us that these two guys aren't exactly making much effort to learn from or understand each other or their places in the world.

31. The Delta Force (Menahem Golan, 1986, USA/Israel) (re-watch)

A passenger plane is hijacked by totally evil and swarthy Mooslim terrorists on it's way from Athens to New York, diverted to Beirut, then Algiers, then back to Beirut, with various passengers (most importantly, three American servicemen and a half-dozen Jewish Americans) taken off and hidden at secret locations held by huge groups of Bad Men in Beirut. The Delta Force led by Lee Marvin (sadly, in his last film role) and Chuck Norris is dispatched to stop them and free the hostages; clearly this is a job for 'mericans, what do the Israelis know about this stuff? Result? CHUCK NORRIS AND LEE MARVIN KILL ALL THE TERRORISTS IN BEIRUT, MOSTLY WITH MOTORCYCLE-MOUNTED ROCKETS!!!!!!

32. Ehky ya Scheherazade / Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (Yusri Nasrullah, 2009, Egypt)
33. 678 / Cairo 678 (Mohamed Diab, 2010, Egypt)

I really didn't know too much about either of these going in, except that they were both broadly about women's rights in modern Egypt, so it's rather interesting that they ended up being very similar in many respects, and would make a great (if rather angry and perhaps depressing) double feature. I watched them a couple of days apart which might have been the best way to go. Both are about women - four in the first film, three in the second - dealing with harassment and discrimination in modern Cairo; both have as a central figure a 30ish, beautiful, and wealthy woman - Muna Zaki in the first, Nelly Karim in the second, who is something of a media figure, and both show characters from several walks of life, from the conservative, pious and veil-wearing women of the working class to more middle-class, semi-liberated women to the central characters who find out that they are not above being mistreated, not isolated from misogyny by their money, beauty or more western values.

Scheherazade tells the story of TV host Hebba (Zaki), glamorous, married to an up-and-coming journalist who is trying to get a promotion. Hebba interviews women on her show and is on the verge of getting in trouble with censors, and risking her husband's career, by dealing too much with "politics" but as we see in the three stories of women that she interviews - and in her own life - politics affects everything in Egyptian society. A middle-aged woman from the upper class who has remained alone because the men she meets are all scumbags of one kind or another; a veil-wearing shop-owner whose murder of an employee surely came about in large part because of his feelings of entitlement over his female bosses; a woman from a wealthy family, an educated professional, taken advantage of by her scam-artist husband through the piety of her family and it's attitude towards marriage law. And finally Hebba herself, whose husband blames her forthrightness for his failures in the blunt and enraging finish.

678 tells three stories, in a rather oblique and fragmented way at first, with small parts of the lives of our three main characters - well-off and westernized Seba (Nelly Karim), a jewelry maker who is now teaching self-defense courses for women that are broadcast on TV; traditional veil-wearing Fayzah who is dealing with being harassed on the bus everyday as she goes to work and a husband who isn't very supportive; and Essam, from a middle-class family with some money, wanting to marry and dealing with an assault that threatens her life, family, and eventually the whole legal system in the country. When the stories all come together we learn that Seba's self-defense class has inspired both Fayzah and Essam into action, and soon we meet a fourth major character, a police detective whose own conflicts with women's status and rights will influence the outcome for all of them.

Both films are inspiring, angry and intense and both are excellent in their own somewhat different ways. I loved the photography and design of Scheherazade, and while it's significantly longer it doesn't feel it to me, and I probably liked the story of the central figure a little more - or I bought her as a character more, perhaps; though I should point out that both films are based to a certain extent on real stories and people. The editing in 678 is quite brilliant and Bushra's performance as Fayzah might be the best in either film, and I loved how the policeman character was used, though his transformation is a little obvious and feels rather Hollywood, as does the ending to the film. And the early-digital photography and a fair amount of shaky-cam (mostly early in the film) cut the appeal somewhat - though not that much. All in all I'd say I marginally prefer Scheherazade but both are excellent and both seem to me essential feminist documents - from male directors - of the present day patriarchy, still alive and well unfortunately in most of the world.

34. Tabiate bijan / Still Life (Sohrab Shahid Saless, 1974, Iran)

I saw Saless' first feature, the same year's Yek Etefagh sadeh, a couple of years ago, and while impressed with the Ozu-like serenity and austerity of the camerawork, didn't quite "get it" in the sense that it didn't strike me as all that remarkable in relation to the rest of Iranian cinema as I knew it. Amir Naderi's short Entezar, also from 1974, struck me as a much more powerful and concise depiction of similar material. So I approached this one with a little caution - and I also remember that this film was listed as the greatest Iranian film on a list that was current back in the 90s, when I was first discovering this cinema (can't find the list now of course). And for the first half or so of the film - about a 70ish man who operates a railroad crossing (cranking the gate by hand!) in some remote area and living a very simple life with his similarly-aged wife, a carpet weaver, in a one room house steps from the train tracks - I was feeling much the same as I did about the previous film; good, beautiful, poetic, but maybe not great. Something changed though and both the beauty and sadness of this man's existence started to power over me, and in the last 10-15 minutes, when he journeys to town to find out why he's being discharged, it overwhelmed. Ultimately one of the great films about 19th-century rural, uneducated man left behind by the wheels of 20th century progress, and told with little anger or obvious political agenda. This could be any man and woman, anywhere where the world marches on and doesn't notice who it's leaving behind.

35. Bikur Ha-Tizmoret / The Band's Visit (Eran Kolirin, 2007, Israel)

Exactly what I expected it to be, though perhaps just a bit better. A band from Alexandria, Egypt that plays traditional Arabic music is in Israel to play as part of a cultural exchange program, gets stuck in a really crummy little town seemingly built entirely in the ugly concrete block architecture that I usually associate with Eastern Europe in the postwar era, and has to spend the night in the company of several of the townspeople before moving on the next day. The eight members of the band - most middle-aged or older - get put up with different people, and most of the story revolves around the band's leader (Sasson Gabai) and his conversations - and perhaps the most tentative steps towards romance - with the owner of a small cafe (Ronit Elkabetz). It's a nice, sweet little film about people trying to connect and about the power of music to bring people together, and there's not a whole lot here that most won't have seen before, but the performances of Gabai and especially Elkabetz - one of my absolute favorite actresses, gone sadly too soon - definitely kick it up a notch.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » August 31st, 2018, 6:29 pm

I love that write-up on the Saless film, OldAle. You've inspired me to make it one of my closing challenge viewings this evening.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » August 31st, 2018, 9:57 pm

40. Five Broken Cameras (2011 / Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi / Palestine, Israel) FTV 9/10 {589 checks}
41. The Square (2013 / Jehane Noujaim / Egypt) FTV 8+/10 {567 checks}
42. Theeb (2014 / Naji Abu Nowar / United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan) FTV 9/10 {505 checks}
43. Tickling Giants (2016 / Sara Taksler / Egypt*) FTV 9/10 {31 checks}
44. Kandahar (2001 / Mohsen Makmalbaf / Iran) 8+/10 {647 checks}
45. The Return of Superman (1979 / Kunt Tulgar / Turkey) 7+/10 {36 checks}
46. Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982 / Cetin Inanc / Turkey) 7+/10 {465 checks}
47. Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam’in oglu (2006 / Kartal Tibet / Turkey) 3/10 {174 checks}
48. 3 Dev Adam (1973 / T. Fikret Ucak / Turkey) 6/10 {49 checks}

*Tickling Giants is a US production but was shot primarily in Cairo, Egypt and is a documentary about Bassem Youssef's political struggles to keep his satirical comedy show (he is known as the Jon Stewart of Egypt) on the air. This makes for great companion viewing to The Square (2013), as there is some overlap in events and it also carries the story forward.

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1. Ölüm savasçisi (1984 / Cuneyt Arkin, Cetin Inanc / Turkey) FTV 9+/10 {24 checks}
2. Vahsi Kan (1983 / Cetin Inanc / Turkey) FTV 7+/10 {19 checks}
3. Tarkan and the Blood of the Vikings (1971 / Mehmet Aslan / Turkey) 7+/10 {239 checks}
4. The Deathless Devil (1973 / Yilmaz Atadeniz / Turkey) 6+/10 {29 checks}
5. Turist Ömer Uzay Yolu'nda (1973 / Hulki Saner / Turkey) FTV 5+/10 {251 checks}
6. Seytan-i racim (2013 / Arkin Aktac / Turkey) FTV 6/10 {11 checks}
7. Ammar (2014 / Ozgur Baker / Turkey) FTV 6/10 {10 checks}
8. No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009 / Bhaman Ghobadi / Iran) FTV 7/10 {325 checks}
9. The Band’s Visit (2007 / Eran Kolirin / Israel) 9+/10 {785 checks}
10. Under the Olive Trees (1994 / Abbas Kiarostami / Iran) 8+/10 {885 checks}
11. A Separation (2011 / Asghar Farhadi / Iran) FTV 9+/10 {9834 checks}
12. Ten (2002 / Abbas Kiarostami / Iran) FTV 7/10 {1402 checks}
13. The Messiah (2007 / Nader Talebzadeh / Iran) FTV 7+/10 {4 checks}
14. Alamet-i Kiyamet (2016 / Doga Can Anafarta / Turkey) FTV 7+/10 {1st check}
15. Muska (2014 / Ozkan Celik / Turkey) FTV 5/10 {5 checks}
16. 10 on Ten (2004 / Abbas Kiarostami / Iran) FTV 7/10 {110 checks}
17. Mustang (2015 / Deniz Gamze Erguven / Turkey) FTV 8/10 {1841 checks}
18. 20 Fingers (2004 / Mania Akbari / Iran) 7+/10 {25 checks}
19. Helak: Kayip Koy (2015 / Ozgur Bakar / Turkey) FTV 6/10 {7 checks}
20. Disturbing the Peace (2016 / Stephen Apkon, Andrew Young / Israel, Palestione) FTV 7+/10 {4 checks}
21. Iron Island (2005 / Mohammad Rasoulof / Iran) FTV 7+/10 {47 checks}
22. Azem: Cin Karasi (2014 / Volkan Akbas / Turkey) FTV 4/10 {2 checks}
23. 3 Harflilier: Marid (2010 / Arkin Aktac / Turkey) FTV 4/10 {13 checks}
24. About Elly (2009 / Asghar Farhadi / Iran) FTV 9/10 {1409 checks}
25. From Iran, A Separation (2013 / Azadeh Moussavi, Kourosh Ataee / Iran) FTV 7/10 {3 checks}
26. This is Not a Film (2011 / Moitaba Mirtahmaslo, Jafar Panahi / Iran) FTV 5/10 {842 checks}
27. The Mirror (1997 / Jafar Panahi / Iran) 8+/10 {306 checks}
28. Waltz With Bashir (2008 / Ari Folman / Israel) FTV 8/10 {8937 checks}
29. Two Women (1999 / Tahmeneh Milani / Iran) FTV 7+/10 {23 checks}
30. The Kindergarten Teacher (2014 / Nadav Lapid / Iran) FTV 8+/10 {59 checks}
31. El-Cin (2013 / Hasan Karacadas / Turkey) FTV 5/10 {20 checks}
32. Ammar 2: Cin Istilasi (2016 / Ozgur Bakar / Turkey) FTV 5/10 {3 checks}
33. Border Cafe (2005 / Kambuzia Partovi / Iran, Turkey) FTV 8/10 {27 checks}
34. Cairo Time (2009 / Ruba Nadda / Egypt) FTV 8/10 {238 checks}
35. Musallat (2007 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 6/10 {92 checks}
36. Musallat 2: Lanet (2011 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {22 checks}
37. Uc Harfliler 3: Karabuyu (2016 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {2 checks}
38. Turn Left at the End of the World (2004 / Avi Nesher / Israel) FTV 8/10 {29 checks}
39. Siccin (2014 / Alper Mestci / Turkey) FTV 7/10 {25 checks}

40. Five Broken Cameras (2011 / Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi / Palestine, Israel) FTV 9/10 {589 checks}
41. The Square (2013 / Jehane Noujaim / Egypt) FTV 8+/10 {567 checks}
42. Theeb (2014 / Naji Abu Nowar / United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan) FTV 9/10 {505 checks}
43. Tickling Giants (2016 / Sara Taksler / Egypt*) FTV 9/10 {31 checks}
44. Kandahar (2001 / Mohsen Makmalbaf / Iran) 8+/10 {647 checks}
45. The Return of Superman (1979 / Kunt Tulgar / Turkey) 7+/10 {36 checks}
46. Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982 / Cetin Inanc / Turkey) 7+/10 {465 checks}
47. Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam’in oglu (2006 / Kartal Tibet / Turkey) 3/10 {174 checks}
48. 3 Dev Adam (1973 / T. Fikret Ucak / Turkey) 6/10 {49 checks}

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1. Haji Agha actore cinema / Haji Agha, the Cinema Actor (Ovanes Ohanian, 1933, Iran)
2. Avodah / Work (Helmar Lerski, 1935, Palestine)
3. Adamah / Tomorrow's a Wonderful Day (Helmar Lerski, 1947. Israel/Palestine)
4. Dananir (Ahmed Badrakhan, 1940, Egypt)
5. Afrita hanem / Lady Afrita / Little Miss Devil (Henry Barakat, 1949, Egypt)
6. Darb al-mahabil / Fool's Alley (Tewfik Saleh, 1955, Egypt)
7. Zi'ab la ta'kol al lahm / Kuwait Connection (Samir E. Khouri, 1973, Egypt)
8. Giv'a 24 Eina Ona / Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Thorold Dickinson, 1955, Israel)
9. Two short films from 1983 38+28=66 minutes

a) The Great Sadness of Zohara (Nina Menkes, 1983, Israel)
b)Harb Aala el Harb (Maroun Bagdadi, 1983, Lebanon)

10. Sukka banat / Caramel (Nadine Labaki, 2007, France/Lebanon)
11. Three shorts, 25+15+20= 60 minutes, all from Iran

a) P mesle Pelican / P is for Pelican (Parviz Kimiavi, 1972)
b) Malek Khorshid / The Sun King (Ali Akbar Sadeghi, 1975)
c) Jaam-e Hasanlou / The Hassanlou Chalice (Mohammad Reza Aslani, 1964)

12. Eskiya (Yavuz Turgul, 1996, Turkey)
13. Al-makhdu'un / The Dupes (Tewfik Saleh, 1972, Syria)
14. Tales of an Island (Rakshan Banietemad/Mohsen Makhmalbaf/Dariush Mehrjui, 2000, Iran)
15. Stardust Stricken - Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait (Houshang Golmakani, 1996, Iran)
16. Chronicle of a Disappearance (Elia Suleiman, 1996, Palestine/Israel/USA/Germany/France)
17. Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006, Iran)
18. Kasaba / The Town (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1997, Turkey)
19. Raghs dar ghobar / Dancing in the Dust (Asghar Farhadi, 2003, Iran)
20. Kadin düsmani / Woman Despiser (Ilhan Engin, 1967, Turkey)
21. Alefbay-e afghan / Afghan Alphabet (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2002, Iran)
22. Darbareye Elly / About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009, Iran)
23. Ha-Shoter Azulai / The Policeman (Ephraim Kishon, 1971, Israel)
24. Gavaznha / The Deer (Masud Kimiai, 1974, Iran)
25. Hudutlarin Kanunu / Law of the Border (Lütfi Akad, 1966, Turkey)
26. Az Iran, yek jodaee / From Iran, A Separation (Kourosh Ataee/Azadeh Moussavi, 2013, Iran)
27. Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad, 2005, Palestine/France/Germany/Netherlands/Israel)
28. Chaharshanbe-soori / Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi, 2006, Iran)
29. Buda as sharm foru rikht / Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Hana Makhmalbaf, 2007, Iran/France)
30. Uzak / Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002, Turkey)
31. The Delta Force (Menahem Golan, 1986, USA/Israel) (re-watch)
32. Ehky ya Scheherazade / Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (Yusri Nasrullah, 2009, Egypt)
33. 678 / Cairo 678 (Mohamed Diab, 2010, Egypt)
34. Tabiate bijan / Still Life (Sohrab Shahid Saless, 1974, Iran)
35. Bikur Ha-Tizmoret / The Band's Visit (Eran Kolirin, 2007, Israel)
36. 2 shorts, 35 + 25 = 60 m
a) An shab ke barun amad / The Night It Rained (Kamran Shirdel, 1967, Iran) (rewatch)
Brilliant dissection of truth vs story, heroic mythmaking vs journalism, in the Rashomon style. I suspect this film has been almost as big an influence on the artier side of Iranian cinema as Khaneh siah ast though it remains much less known.
b) The Story of a Village and a War (Maroun Bagdadi, 1979, Lebanon)
Reasonably well-done short doc about Lebanon after the recent Israeli invasion, but the propaganda elements are at times over-the-top. Be good to watch this alongside one of the pro-Israeli propaganda pieces that I started out this challenge with; neither side is above messing with the truth, that's for sure.

37. 5 shorts, 15+15+15+8+7 = 60 m, all from Iran
a) Toofan-e Sanjaghak / The Dragonfly Storm (Shahram Mokri, 2002)
b) Mahdoodeh-ye Dayereh / Limits of the Circle (Shahram Mokri, 2005)
c) Andosi / Ando-C (Shahram Mokri, 2007)'
d) Madresei keh baad bord / The School Blown Away by the Wind (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1998)
e) Dar In Hozoure Mobhame Zaman / In the Vague Presence of Time (Farhad Kosarnezhad, 2006)

The three Mokri shorts are something of a revelation; the second and third list M.C. Escher as influences in the credits, with Mahdoodeh also referencing ("with great respect") Gus Van Sant's Elephant while Andosi gives props to Figgis' Timecode. All three then are somewhat experimental narratives, with the first showing short clips of a couple of accidental deaths which we only see clearly at the end after lots of quick cross-cutting and time looping; the second - probably my favorite - is a circular trip through corridors in a school, done in a single take; the third might be the most inventive, with multiple screens (like it's credited antecedent) showing another kind of looping narrative involving a bride, two (possible) suitors, an accident, and the destiny of a star.

Makhmalbaf's short was probably made around the time he did Gabbeh and just shows a little tent-school and a boy describing it being blown away and getting hit on the head. It's nicely shot though it probably would have really vibrant color on film or in a good HD rip. The last short was a fairly useless bit of romantic longing, a bit Henry James-like, narrated while we see brief clips of an old house and a woman and a man. Got nothing out of it really though it wasn't poorly made.

38. El Akhar / L'autre / The Other (Youssef Chahine, 1999, Egypt)

A very wealthy, alcoholic Christian American woman (played by an Egyptian actress who isn't ever convincing as an American), has an unhealthy fixation on her only son, who wants to marry a young Muslim woman, whose brother may or may not be a terrorist; the mother spies on her son's activities by computer, the young woman is a struggling journalist trying to expose a scam involving her would-be mother-in-law and a bunch of other wealthy capitalists; an architect who seems above it all is invited to plan a giant pan-religious theme park of sorts; Edward Said makes an appearance; there's a rape or at least assault that is just there and then mostly forgotten about; a couple of hotel employees get involved in exposing the scam, both related to the young woman; the best friend of the groom is in Algiers, trying to avoid terrorists, but fate has something else in store...oh, and for the first half, this is more-or-less a musical. Absolutely bizarre "interesting failure" from Chahine involving many of his preoccupations - perverse sexual mores, beefcake posing, Douglas Sirk-style melodrama (the American mother can easily be imagined as Joan Crawford or Better Davis, circa 1955), religious intolerance, and on and on and on. This is a whacked out film with enough plot for a 3-hour epic or a miniseries, but as a 105-minute work it's hard to tell whether it's deliberate camp or an impassioned plea for tolerance and brotherhood that just didn't turn out right. I don't know what it is, I had fun with it personally but no question it's a hot mess.

39. Theeb (Naji Abu Nowar, 2014, UAE/QatarJordan/UK)

This is a really nice adventure film that - in it's ending especially - comes off a little differently than the usual boy-trying-to-survive-in-the-wild story, at least different from western examples I can think of. It's funny, I've seen very few films from this region that focus this way on the desert and survival, and very few period films such as this WWI era depiction of our title character, a 10 year old or so boy who accompanies his older brother out into the wilderness to help guide an Englishman to a well. It's never very clear what the Englishman is really up to - perhaps not important - and we don't know much about Theeb's background or tribe or really where they are or what the larger story might be; very elemental. Beautifully shot; this is the second Jordanian film I've seen and both (the other being a recent, also very spare and elemental SF film, When Time Becomes a Woman) have been pretty different from other films of the region.

40. Shayad Vaghti Deegar / Maybe Some Other Time (Bahram Beizai, 1987, Iran)

I'm still coming to grips with this one. I will warn those who don't like spoilers not to read the IMDb description or the single review there. It's a hard film to describe at all without spoilers, so all I can say by way of enticement is that this is unlike anything else from the director I've seen (4 other features all of which I liked a lot) and really pretty unlike any other Iranian film I'm familiar with, and for that matter not very like the films it seems more obviously related to, which emanate from a certain British-American director known mostly for his thrillers. It's long and there were moments where I must admit I was getting a little impatient but at the end, and thinking it over more, I'm starting to really love it, and to want to see it again right away. While it doesn't immediately seem like the best film I saw in this challenge or this month generally, I think it's the one I'd most highly recommend to those in search of something a bit different. Maybe I'll write it up more in some detail under spoiler tags for the weekly thread.

That's it for me. Thanks for hosting sol. For those who might be interested, I'll put in comments on these last few tomorrow.
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Post by Fergenaprido » September 1st, 2018, 8:48 am

Not as many as I'd have liked, but the other two challenges this month were my best of the year so far; can't have everything :D

1. Khake Sar Beh Morh [The Sealed Soil] (1977 IRN) - 4.6 - {also <400 checks challenge}
2. Salaam Cinema [Hello Cinema] (1995 IRN) - 7.6 - {also <400 checks and 1990s+ challenges}
3. Out in the Dark (2012 ISR) - 8.2 - {also <400 checks and 1990s+ challenges}
4. La anam [Sleepless] (1957 EGY) - 7.8 - {also <400 checks challenge}

The last three were added to my ballot for the poll.

Edit: Based on the rules "- Any film shot entirely on location in a Middle East country automatically qualifies" I suppose I have one more that qualifies, though it is an American production

5. Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925 IRN) - 6.6 - Filming entirely takes place in Iran and documents a migration of peoples across the land. - {also <400 checks challenge}

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » September 1st, 2018, 9:35 am

37. 'Nahr el hub' / 'The River of Love' / 1961, Ezzel Dine Zulficar / 8.5/10 / Egypt
38. 'Al-Kahira thalatin' / 'Cairo 30' / 1966, Salah Abouseif / 8/10 / Egypt
39. 'Kader böyle istedi' / 'That's What Fate Wanted' / 1968, Lütfi Akad / 6.5/10 / Turkey
40. 'Bo Nefotzetz Million' / 'Let's Blow a Million' / 1977, Shmuel Imberman / 5/10 / Israel
41. 'Rassayel el bahr' / 'Messages from the Sea' / 2010, Daoud Abdel Sayed / 7.5 or 8/10 / Egypt
42. 'Taxi Ballad' / 2011, Daniel Joseph / 6.5/10 / Lebanon / USA / UAE

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