• Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

  • Iran, 2008, 92minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Mahnaz Afshar, Taraneh Alidoosti, Juliette Binoche

Continuing with the streak of bold formalism to be found in Five , Shirin is composed entirely of women’s faces. Not five, not ten, but 112 faces of actresses are to be found in the audience of a surreal cinema space. We watch their faces one by one as they, in turn, watch a drama unfold out of view – reacting to the thunderous action of a 12th century Persian play that we can only imagine from the lush soundtrack. An engrossing experiment with rich rewards.

02/02/2017(Thu): Post-screening talk with Loretta Chang

Further reading:
Shirin, From The 33th Hong Kong International Film Festival Main Catalogue (The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited, 2009)


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2017-02-02 (Thu)
      2017-03-03 (Fri)


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