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Marrakech ‘12 Review: Bahman Ghobadi’s ‘Rhino Season’ Makes Good On Neither The Politics Nor The Poetry Of Its Premise

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 5, 2012 7:00 PM
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Having caused something of a stir with his roughshod, guerilla-style 2009 docudrama about the Iranian underground music scene “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” director Bahman Ghobadi appears to have done a stylistic 180 with his new movie “Rhino Season.” Inspired by the story of a Kurdish poet friend of the director’s, who was believed dead by his family while in fact he was incarcerated in an Iranian prison, the film attempts to marry a degree of political comment and social realism with self-consciously poetic and manipulated imagery. But a smooth filmic blend of these different textures is probably one of the hardest things to achieve and we’re sorry to say that for us, the experiment just didn’t work here; in fact the warring impulses rather undercut each other, leaving us none the wiser as to the real political and social stakes and vaguely irritated by the intrusive aesthetic.

Marrakech '12: Monica Bellucci On ‘Rhino Season,’ Changing Priorities & Future Projects, Including A Film For Emir Kusturica

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 5, 2012 12:20 PM
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With Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi’s ("No One Knows About Persian Cats") new film, “Rhino Season,” screening Out of Competition at the Marrakech International Film Festival (our review is to follow shortly), we got to speak with the film’s Italian star, Monica Bellucci, in a small press group. Once our eyes recovered from the dazzle a bit (no, she really is very gorgeous), she was asked about her motives for taking a role that could be seen as quite a step outside her comfort zone.

First Images Of Monica Bellucci In Bahman Ghobadi's 'Rhino Season'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 3:23 PM
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The director behind such fare as "A Time For Drunken Horses," "Turtles Can Fly" and "No One Knows About Persian Cats," Iranian helmer Bahman Ghobadi might be ready for his biggest audience yet, with his latest animalistically titled "Rhino Season."

Monica Bellucci To Star In 'Persian Cats' Director Bahman Ghobadi's Next Pic 'Rhinos Season'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 5:12 AM
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Film Will Also Star Famed Iranian Actor Behrouz VossoughiIf you didn't see Bahman Ghobadi's latest effort, "No One Knows About Persian Cats," we definitely urge you to seek it out. It was a wonderful, moving little picture about an indie rock duo who struggle to remain inspired and creative under the strict laws in Tehran. We caught it during its festival run a couple of years ago at the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal -- you can check out our review here -- and we're heartened to learn that the director's next effort has landed an international star, and is likely to boost his profile.

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