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Circumstance

Circumstance

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When:

  • Wed 24 Aug ’11, 8:15pm

Where:

Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North

Restrictions:

All Ages

Related Artists:

Beirut

“The world of sex, drugs, and underground nightclubs in Iran provides the backdrop for Maryam Keshavarz’s lusty, dreamy take on the passionate teenagers behind the hijabs. Risking jail and worse are the sassy, privileged Atafeh and the beautiful, orphaned Shireen, who, much like young women anywhere, just want to be free… The difference here is that they’re under constant, unnerving surveillance, in a country where more than 70 percent of the population is younger than 30. Nevertheless, within their mansion walls and without, beneath graffitied walls and undulating at intoxicating house parties, the two girls begin to fall in love with each other, as Atafeh’s handsome, albeit creepy older brother Mehran gazes on… Filmed underground in Beirut, with layers that permit both pleasure and protest… Circumstance viscerally transmits the realities and fantasies of Iranian young women on the verge.” — Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website for a complete listing of the films in the Palmerston North festival. August 18-September 4 at Downtown Cinemas.

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