Shirin Neshat’s first feature-length film is based on a magic-realist novel written by Iranian author Sharnush Parsipur. The narrative interweaves the lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953, a pivotal moment in Iranian history when an American led coup d’état brought down the democratically elected prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah to power. The film chronicles each woman’s quest for change and their mysterious encounter in a magical orchard. —tiff.net
Shirin Neshat شيرين نشأت (born March 26, 1957 in Qazvin, Iran) is a contemporary visual artist who lives in New York. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography.
Neshat’s parents were upper middle-class. Her father was a well-respected physician and her mother a homemaker. She grew up in a westernized household that adored the Shah of Iran and his ideologies. Neshat has stated about her father, “He fantasized about the west, romanticized the west, and slowly rejected all of his own values; both my parents did. What happened, I think, was that their identity slowly dissolved, they exchanged it for comfort. It served their class”. As a part of Neshat’s “Westernization” she was enrolled in a Catholic boarding school in Tehran. She found the environment cold and hostile in comparison to her caring family.
Through her father’s acceptance of Western ideologies came an acceptance of a form of western feminism. Neshat’s father encouraged his daughters to… read more
Masterpiece. After years of installations and video work Shirin Neshat has made a mature, thought provoking debut picture. Five women of varying pedigree entwined by the events taking place amongst them. A little history, a little magic realism and yes a lot of symbolism but not in a obtuse way. Heartlily reccomended.
What with Cannes and all, this roundup of what the critics are saying about the films opening this weekend is a day late, but at least
"Anchored by a revelatory performance by Alba Gaia Bellugi, The Evening Dress is a keen portrayal of a girl caught uncomfortably in that
Shirin Neshat's Women without Men and Hana Makhmalbaf's Green Days are both set in Iran during turbulent periods of that nation's history
Iranian-American visual artists Shirin Neshat (“The Last Word” & “Passage”) and Shoja Azari (“Windows” & “K”) adapt the magic-realist novel of the same name by Iranian author Sharnush Parsipur… read review
I watched this movie through the Artfilm-Festival in Cologne where the director stated that she is always investigating the borders between art and story-telling. In this way, her film works excellent… read review