The Cinema of the World
Iran, Japan / 2007 / Farsi dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 98 minutes
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In present-day Iran, studious and devout Hafez (Mehdi Moradi), 17, nevertheless finds poetry as compelling as his studies. Called to instruct the Great Mufti's young daughter, Nabat (Aso Kumiko), they sit in adjacent rooms and discuss, through a high window in the wall, religion, philosophy and poetry. When she recites one of his poems he looks through the window and they fall in love, but Hafez is reported to the Mufti, banned from the house and Nabat falls sick. Thus begin Hafez's great trials in the name of love and art.


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