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Available Friday, July 2 – Saturday, July 31
NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK!
Part of the Spotlight On Auteurs series
Two master filmmakers, Abba Kiarostami (A TASTE OF CHERRY) and Jafar Panahi (THE CIRCLE, TAXI) team up as writer and director, respectively, on CRIMSON GOLD, a subtle tragedy on class conflict in modern Iran. Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin, a real-life pizza delivery man who has schizophrenia) is a lumbering war veteran swollen by cortisone (for war-induced pain) and reduced to delivering pizzas at night. Through his nightly rounds, he bears witness to the rewards and vanities of the city’s wealthy. He is humiliated when a jewelry shop owner won’t allow him in his store, and under pressure to get married, Hussein awkwardly aspires to higher ground. When an eccentric socialite gives him a taste of luxury, Hussein can no longer accept his lowly status. Kiarostami based the story on an actual newspaper account of a botched robbery attempt at a Tehranian jewelry store by a desperate pizza deliveryman.
Winner of the 2003 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.
In Persian with English subtitles.
Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji, Shahram Vaziri