Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins will present his own work before introducing one of his favourite films, Makhmalbaf’s prescient 1995 documentary.
5,000 hopefuls jostle for the chance to audition before the celebrated director. Hollywood fantasies clash with raw societal frictions in this Festival highlight and Iranian Fact or Fiction epic.
Part of ASPECT, an Independent Cinema Office initiative funded by Arts Council England. aspect-cinema.tumblr.com
Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a major figure in
world cinema whose been in exile from his
home country of Iran since 2005. Much of
Makhmalbaf’s work draws upon his activist
background, asking pertinent questions
about politics, cinema and the role of
He has directed nearly 30 films, garnering
some 50 awards including the Ecumenical
Jury Award at Cannes (2001), a Federico
Fellini Gold Medal from UNESCO (2001)
and the Parajanov Award for outstanding
artistic contribution to World Cinema
from Yerevan Film Festival (2006).
The President, 2014, The Gardener, 2012, Sex & Philosophy, 2005, Kandahar, 2001, A Moment of Innocence, 1996, The Actor, 1993, Once Upon a Time, Cinema, 1992, Boycott, 1986.
Dialogue LanguagePersian (Farsi)
the meaning of style
Commissioned for the 2011 Singapore Biennale, the meaning of style, although short, is beautifully and perfectly formed.
Shot with Malaysian skinheads in Penang, it’s a meditative fantasy on signs, signals and butterflies, leading to pointed reflections on, according to Collins, “the relationship between British colonial history and popular culture in South-East Asia.”