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Salaam Cinema

Salaam Cinema

1995 / 75min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF

CAST: SHAGHAYEH DJODAT, BEHZAD DORANI, FEIZOLA GASHGHAI, MARYAM KEYHAN, MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF

A coruscating, comic, and often revelatory cross-examination of the process of casting, Makhmalbaf’s film begins with a call for a hundred actors followed by the arrival of five thousand would-be Iranian movie stars. A succession of miniature portraits taking in rebellious women, aspiring heart-throb men, and a dizzying variety of human types, all tied together by the presence of Makhmalbaf in the role of the film director, here presented as a deeply ambivalent figure, his controlling hand always present even and especially in this seemingly “open” form of filmmaking.