What is it about tyrannical governments and difficult financial circumstances that creates such interesting films? Eastern European, Soviet and Chinese directors as well as the post-war era Italian Neorealists have all produced fascinating work while operating under tight political and financial restrictions. So too with Iranian cinema, which emerges from a highly censorial system that bans some of its greatest films. Since he won the 1997 Palme d'Or at Cannes, Iran's most famous director Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry) has focused the world's attention on one of the most thoughtful and interesting national cinemas around. For the 10th year now, the High Museum's media arts curator Linda Dubler has organized IRANIAN FILM TODAY.
The series, which began Aug. 24, continues with The Fish Fall in Love Fri., SEPT. 7, a Like Water for Chocolate-tale of food and love. The list of remaining films includes Cafe Setareh (Sept.8) another complex Iranian examination of gender role; Poet of the Wastes (Sept. 14) about Iran's working poor; the rollicking road movie Half Moon (Sept. 15); former Kiarostami assistant Niki Karimi's directorial turn A Few Days Later... (Sept. 28). Fireworks Wednesday (Sept. 29) concludes the series with a story of marital infidelity and Iran's class system. Through Sept. 29. $4-$5. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m. Rich Theatre, the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.high.org.