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The Official Iran Challenge - May 2019

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Post by sol » May 31st, 2019, 4:14 pm

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1. Under the Shadow (2016)
2. Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
3. Mossafer / Traveler (1974)
4. Offside (2006)
5. Homework (1989)
6. Fellow Citizen (1983)
7. The Salesman (2016)
8. The Silence (1998)
9. Caravans (1978)
10. Close-Up (1990)
11. The Past (2013)
12. About Elly... (2009)
13. The Blind Owl (1975)
14. A.B.C Africa (2001)
15. The Report (1977)
16. The Cyclist (1989)
17. O.K. Mister (1979)
18. Ferestadeh (1983)
19. Blackboards (2000)

20. And Now... Make Your Peace With God (1968)

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I thought the music was effective here, varying from rousing to suspenseful, and I liked the mobile camerawork too. As a narrative though, it does not quite work. The shootouts are okay, but here are too many clumsily filmed fistfights in low lighting, limited character development (beyond flashbacks) and the whole thing feels melodramatic. A saloon song number reminiscent of the "I'm Tired" routine from Blazing Saddles (see above) is great though.

And that's it from me. An even 20 -- which is much more than I thought I would achieve at the start of the Challenge. :sweat: Thanks for hosting, Ale!
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Post by sol » May 31st, 2019, 4:15 pm

Some personal awards for this Challenge (selected from my 20 first time viewings this month):

Best Film: About Elly

Runner-up: Offside

3rd Place: The Cyclist

Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini (The Salesman)

Best Actress: Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly)

Best Supporting Actor: Farokh Ghafari (O.K. Mister)

Best Supporting Actress: Nadereh Abdelahyeva (The Silence)
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Post by flavo5000 » May 31st, 2019, 6:55 pm

8. Safar e Ghandehar (2001)
9. Khane-ye doust kodjast? (1987)
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1. Mahi va gorbeh (2013)
2. ZAR (2017)
3. Zendegi va digar hich (1992)
4. Sib (1998)
5. Le passé (2013)
6. Ed ora... raccomanda l'anima a Dio! (1968)
7. Panj é asr (2003)
8. Safar e Ghandehar (2001)
9. Khane-ye doust kodjast? (1987)
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Post by allisoncm » May 31st, 2019, 9:22 pm

1. Marg Yazdgerd 5/10

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Post by Knaldskalle » June 1st, 2019, 4:18 am

I was hoping to finish The Postman tonight, but it's too late. I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow, so I have to hit the sack. 13 entries will be my total.
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Post by sebby » June 1st, 2019, 8:29 am

01 sib - 4/10
02 the cyclist 3/10
03 3 faces 6/10
04 24 frames 6/10
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sib - 4/10
the cyclist 3/10
03 3 faces 6/10
04 24 frames 6/10

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Post by ororama » June 1st, 2019, 12:05 pm

Women's Prison (1965) * 10 min.
Tehran Is the Capital of Iran (1966) * 17 min.
Women's Quarter (1966) * 18 min.

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1. The Silence (1998) * 76 min.

*First time viewing.

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Post by OldAle1 » June 1st, 2019, 2:01 pm

I'm done myself - thanks to all the contributors, and in particular to 72 and jeroeno for helping to push the competition to a decent level. I'll give it 24 hours from now before I post the final results, so you've got that time to finish logging your entries.

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Post by OldAle1 » June 1st, 2019, 2:22 pm

ororama wrote:
June 1st, 2019, 12:05 pm
Women's Prison (1965) * 10 min.
Tehran Is the Capital of Iran (1966) * 17 min.
Women's Quarter (1966) * 18 min.

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1. The Silence (1998) * 76 min.

*First time viewing.
You'll need another 15 minutes (or more) of shorts for that to count as another point. I'd suggest the same director's The Night It Rained if you haven't seen it.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » June 1st, 2019, 5:28 pm

I was focusing on westerns last month so unfortunately I didn't watch as much as I would have liked to for this one.

1. 'Ragbar' / 'Downpour' / 1972, Bahram Beizai / 9 or 9.5/10
2. 'Alafha-ye harz' / 'Weeds' / 1976, Farzan Mohammad Deljou, Amir Mojahed / 7/10

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I also watched Kiarostami's nuanced and compelling 'Like Someone in Love' but that one is a Japanese-French co-production and so probably isn't eligible. The Beizai and the Kiarostami both became instant favourites. Two exquisitely beautiful and thoughtful offerings.

Congratulations and thanks for hosting, OldAle.

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That's all, folks!

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Post by OldAle1 » June 4th, 2019, 6:31 pm

I've been busy the last few days and little time for film or this site, so sorry I haven't returned to this with stats. Will try to get to that in next couple of days. In any case the viewer results are in the first post and should be correct, let me know if I've made any mistakes. Thanks to everyone for helping make this an enjoyable first hosting attempt for me.

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Post by OldAle1 » June 6th, 2019, 11:11 pm

As promised, a few belated stats -

MOST-VIEWED DIRECTORS

27 - Abbas Kiarostami (16 individual films)
23 - Mohsen Makhmalbaf (12 films)
16 - Bahram Beizai (7 films)
16 - Dariush Mehrjui (10 films)
15 - Rakhshan Banietemad (5 films)
15 - Asghar Farhadi (5 films)
11 - Naser Taghvai (5 films)
10 - Jafar Panahi (6 films)

MOST-VIEWED ]FILMS

5 - Forushande / The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi 2016)
5 - Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Amir Naderi, 1974)

4 - Aramesh dar Hozur Deegaran / Tranquility in the Presence of Others (Naser Taghvai, 1972)
4 - Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht / The May Lady (Rakhshan Banietemad, 1998)
4 - Bicycleran / The Cyclist (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1989)
4 - Kimia / Alchemy (Ahmad Reza Darvish, 1995)
4 - Nargess (Rakhshan Banietemad, 1992)
4 - Shabe ghuzi / Night of the Hunchback (Farokh Ghafari, 1965)
4 - Sib / The Apple (Samira Makhmalbaf, 1998)
4 - Sokout / The Silence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1998)

DECADE COUNT

160 unique films total

1930s - 1 film, 1 viewing
1950s - 1 film, 1 viewing
1960s - 18 films, 30 viewings
1970s - 35 films, 57 viewings
1980s - 27 films, 48 viewings
1990s - 34 films, 71 viewings
2000s - 30 films, 52 viewings
2010s - 14 films, 21 viewings

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I guess nobody felt the need to watch A Separation (again)?

Most of the other most-famous films didn't get many viewings either, including The House is Black with just one, and A Moment of Innocence with just two.

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Post by Nathan Treadway » June 7th, 2019, 12:04 am

OldAle1 wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 11:11 pm


THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I guess nobody felt the need to watch A Separation (again)?

Most of the other most-famous films didn't get many viewings either, including The House is Black with just one, and A Moment of Innocence with just two.
Yeah, I think it's safe to say, most of the people in this challenge had already seen those, so, felt it it'd be pointless to revisit them for this challenge (although that's not to say anything about the films themselves.. For challenges, I tend to avoid rewatches, as I'm trying to either explore a theme, expand on one, or clear out parts of my watchlist. This one is firmly the 2nd option, as I've already seen plenty of Iranian films, and this was an excuse to finally get the Bronze on the official list. I've noticed that none of Kiarostami's had over 4 watches either, I'm sure for the same reasons as the ones you've specified.

In any event, thanks for hosting! I know I was late to the party, but, it was well worth it.. :)

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Post by sol » June 7th, 2019, 10:25 am

OldAle1 wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 11:11 pm
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I guess nobody felt the need to watch A Separation (again)?
I might finally watch it for the Conquering the World Challenge later this year. It's still unseen by me at least. :shrug:
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Post by OldAle1 » June 7th, 2019, 4:01 pm

Nathan Treadway wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 12:04 am
OldAle1 wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 11:11 pm


THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I guess nobody felt the need to watch A Separation (again)?

Most of the other most-famous films didn't get many viewings either, including The House is Black with just one, and A Moment of Innocence with just two.
Yeah, I think it's safe to say, most of the people in this challenge had already seen those, so, felt it it'd be pointless to revisit them for this challenge (although that's not to say anything about the films themselves.. For challenges, I tend to avoid rewatches, as I'm trying to either explore a theme, expand on one, or clear out parts of my watchlist. This one is firmly the 2nd option, as I've already seen plenty of Iranian films, and this was an excuse to finally get the Bronze on the official list. I've noticed that none of Kiarostami's had over 4 watches either, I'm sure for the same reasons as the ones you've specified.

In any event, thanks for hosting! I know I was late to the party, but, it was well worth it.. :)
I actually intended to do some re-watches for this one - and I rarely do so for the country challenges - but as it is only did one short that I'd already seen, and that I'd originally seen unsubbed so it was a somewhat new experience. Originally thought I might go through Mohsen Makhmalbaf's whole filmography, most of which I've seen, but I just wasn't able to do as much as I wanted to alas.

When it comes to genre/decade/etc challenges I tend to be more lenient with myself and sometimes do a fair number of repeat viewings, particularly when I don't remember something or whatever; plus with trying to work on every challenge, when am I going to have time to revisit old favorites? So my first three viewings for the 50s challenge for example are all re-watches. At some point I have to take a month off from this stuff and watch nothing but favorites that I haven't seen in years. Maybe sometime in 2020 :lol:

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 7th, 2019, 4:40 pm

sol wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 10:25 am
OldAle1 wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 11:11 pm
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I guess nobody felt the need to watch A Separation (again)?
I might finally watch it for the Conquering the World Challenge later this year. It's still unseen by me at least. :shrug:
And I just watched it in October, so not yet ripe for a rewatch.

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