Iranian new wave cinema is agreed to have begun in the 1960s with Darius Mehrjui’s seminal film The Cow, and is also widely attributed to the realism of female poet Farroukh Farouzad in her experimental film set in a leper colony The House is Black. But not often discussed is Farrokh Gaffari’s the Night of The Hunchback (Shab-e Ghuzi) which is on par and a peer to both these better known films. The film, 120 minutes long and made in 1963, is written up by avid followers of Iranian film as such:
A farcical accident and the brilliantly elaborate gags and misunderstandings that ensue. Long considered a masterpiece of Iranian cinema, writer-director Farokh Ghafari’s dark farce chronicles the misadventures of a traveling theatrical troupe attempt to dispose of the corpse of one of its own after a tragic yet comical accident. Based on a tale from the classic anthology ‘The Thousand and One Nights’, the film — replete with sight gags and wacky misunderstandings — is funny in any language.
For just £2 you can join us for a screening of this film on Monday 25 February 2013, 7:00 PM at SOAS (School of Oriental and African studies, part of The University of London). Followed by a Q&A with the director, Parviz Jahed, film critic, scholar, filmmaker and the director of a recent documentary about Ghaffari called Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari (2011). Chaired by Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad, SOAS.
Nearest tubes: Russell Square and Goodge Street. Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (it’s easy to find) in the College Buildings next to Senate House (accessible from Russel Square itself).