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The Provincetown Film Art Series
presented at the Waters Edge Cinema by PAAM and the Provincetown Film Society
Wed, Apr 15 @ 7pm
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Provincetown Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Caravaggio, that great bad boy of Italian art, died in his 30s in 1610. With a British cast (Sean Bean, Tilda Swinton and Nigel Terry as Caravaggio), intentional anachronisms, homoeroticism, and strikingly lit tableaux, experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman captures the spirit of Caravaggio, if not his actual biography, of which little is documented. (Not rated, 93 min.)
The Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema presents
A SPECIAL RECEPTION AND SCREENING of Mitra Farahani's FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS
Sunday, May 3 @ 12:45 pm (pre-reception @ 12pm; screening @ 1:30pm)
GUEST SPEAKER: Shiva Balaghi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Brown University
This event is co-sponsored by the Provincetown Film Society
Tickets are $35 ($25 for Provincetown Film Society members) and include refreshments
ABOUT THE MOVIE: Mitra Farahani's lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland—he was revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohassess abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Italy. While the new Iranian government destroyed many of his works, Mohassess himself obliterated even more—in rage at man's inhumanity to man, environmental destruction, and the futility of idealism. Determined to interview Mohassess, fine artist and filmmaker Farahani discovers him living alone in a hotel room in Rome and begins to craft the perfect final biography, in his own words and on his terms. A lasting tribute to an elusive artistic genius, Fifi Howls From Happiness affirms the power of creative freedom and the right of the artist to create, to destroy, and above all, to have no regrets. Official selection of the Telluride Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Outfest 2014. "Stunningly multifaceted... surprising and deeply affecting. Five stars!" —Keith Ulrich, Time Out NY. "Thoughtful, moving.... A portrait of the artist as a refusenik, a recluse, a survivor, and a stubborn question mark, Fifi Howls From Happiness registers, by turns, as a celebration, an excavation, and an increasingly urgent rescue mission." —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.
ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKER: Shiva Balaghi is a cultural historian of the Middle East who teaches art history and history at Brown University as the Laya Khadjavi Visiting Professor of Iranian Studies. Balaghi is a contributing editor of Jadaliyya and a trustee of the Ameircan Institute of Iranian Studies. Her books include Saddam Hussein: A Biography (2005); Picturing Iran: Art, Society, and Revolution (co-edited, 2002); and Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East (co-edited,1994). Balahghi has published widely on Iranian visual culture and contemporary Islamic Art. She is currently completing a book on knowledge and power in Iran. Before coming to Brown, she was associate director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York Univeirsty for a decade. She has taught at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan and is also a curator at the Leila Heller Gallery in New York City.
The Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema is co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Film Society (CapeCodFilmSociety.com), the Cape Cinema, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. The Provincetown screenings are supported in part by a grant from the Provincetown Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.