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Be Calm and Count to Seven
Running Time: 89 minutes
Language: Farsi with English Subtitles
Venue: Playhouse Theater
Cast: Hedayat Hashemi, Omid Abdollahi, Mahnaz Talandeh
Showtime: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 09:40 PM
Director: Ramtin Lavafipour
Description: This lyrical debut feature from Iran was a deserving recipient of one of the Tiger Awards at Rotterdam International Film Festival. Set in little-known but spectacularly beautiful islands in the Persian Gulf, the story revolves around Motu, who belongs to a gang of reckless youth. After receiving contraband goods brought in by smugglers in boats, the gang has to forward the shipments to distant inland destinations. Motu's father has gone missing while transporting illegal human cargo, leaving his pregnant wife and daughter in the boy's care. Motu is fearless, and dreams of becoming as rich and famous as his football hero, the Brazilian player Ronaldinho. He befriends the leader of the smugglers, eventually proposing a serious business arrangement. when it finally dawns on Motu that his father is not coming back. Naturally the police are always one step behind and a constant menace.
Director Ramtin Lavafipour shot the film in a pure, ultra-realistic style redolent of earlier Iranian films, such as Amir Naderiís The Runner, and has skillfully fashioned a portrait of a society that is edging toward todayís fast-moving consumer society, leaving behind the ancient traditions of an isolated fishing village.
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