A murder and a suicide occur early one morning in a jewelry store. Behind this headline lies the story of a desperate man’s feelings of humiliation in a world of social injustice… When his friend Ali shows him the contents of a lost purse, Hussein cannot imagine the large sum of money marked on a receipt for an expensive necklace. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such luxury. Hussein feels even lower on the social scale when a smooth-talking professional thief mistakes the two friends for petty crooks. Hussein receives yet another blow when he and Ali are denied entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their appearance. Hussein’s job delivering pizzas allows him a full view of the contrast between rich and poor. He motorbikes every evening to neighborhoods he will never live in for a closer look at what goes on behind closed doors. The hypocrisy of the system is thrown in his face wherever he turns. But Hussein will taste the luxurious life for one night before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge. –clevver.com
Jafar Panahi (Persian: جعفر پناهی , born July 11, 1960 in Mianeh, Iran) is an Iranian filmmaker and is one of the most influential filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave movement. He has gained recognition from film theorists and critics worldwide and received numerous awards including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Jafar Panahi was ten years old when he wrote his first book, which subsequently won the first prize in a literary competition. At the same age, he became familiar with film making. He shot films on 8mm film, acting in one and assisting in the making of another. Later, he took up photography. During his military service, Panahi served in the Iran–Iraq War (1980-90) and made a documentary about the war during this period.
After studying film directing at the College of Cinema and Television in Tehran, Panahi made several films for Iranian television and was the assistant director of Abbas Kiarostami’s… read more
"Have you ever done that?" "Done what?" "Have fun." What's fun?" With Crimson Gold Panahi created a film both personal and political. It's both a rallying cry against the totalitarian system that has held Iran hostage for decades, and a dark psychological exploration of one man's desperation. One reviewer compared this to Scorsese's Taxi Driver and Kurosawa's High and Low, which are both apt comparisons, but Crimson Gold takes a different direction. The casting of an actual pizza delivery man with paranoid schizophrenia brings an element of fatalistic realism to the film. This one will be hopping around in my head for a while.
Thematically similar to Kurosawa's "High and Low" and Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" but the main character's intentions are so vague that it casts a veil of mystery and tension enough to drive the story full circle. This is the first Panahi film I've had the chance to watch. I'm surprised of how openly critical he is compared to his good friend Kiarostami.
Shocking and terrible news from Tehran today. Farideh Gheirat, a lawyer representing several of the politicians, journalists and artists