Bahman Mohassess was a celebrated artist at the time of the Shah. Trained in Italy, he created sculptures and paintings in his homeland. But audiences often took offence at the pronounced phalli on his mostly naked bronze figures and his work was regularly censored.
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Un film qui est extraordinairement construit, sensible, dur, dans lequel le personnage se révèle, parfois se donne, raconte une vie, sa vie d'artiste à travers ses créations mais aussi ses destructions (qu'il nomme les décés de ses œuvres). Un parcours de vie invraisemblable et un final à l'image du personnage.
Sublime, merci MITRA FARAHANI.
A beautiful film, poignant, brilliant, flash of great art, hidden and found, & the sadness of passing, yet a flourish, a blossom, a memento, this recording, its humour, humaneness, sensitivity, what more can one ask for, say?
Un documentaire très bien conçu, avec sensibilité et réalisme. Les derniers moments de Bahman Mohassess n'auraient pas pu être mieux racontés. Merci Mitra Farahani pour ce portrait intime merveilleusement bien réalisé.
Definitely one of the most engaging and fantastic documentaries I've seen here on mubi (& in life tbh). Mitra Farahani paints such a great portrait of a complicated but eternally fascinating man, from his works to how he was when the director found him. The film is almost co-directed by him, and I found myself really endeared to Ms. Farahani along the way. It's a rollercoaster of a film with no excess&perfect editing
Fifi Howls from Happiness (named after one of Mohasses’ paintings) is more than just a simple homage thanks to the painter's rebarbative nature and mordant sense of humour and also because of Farahani’s skill at weaving narrative out of lived (and filmed) experience. A fine tribute to the painter, who died in 2010, during filming.
Just like to say I appreciate the director not subjecting us to visuals of/during the harrowing scene. Audio was more than enough. Her wording was ambiguous though: using the word "leap" made it sound like a suicide.