IFFA 2016, Retrospective, Feature Film

The Brick and the Mirror (Khesht va Ayeneh)

Language: Farsi with English subtitles

Year: 1965

Format: Feature / Black & White / DCP

Print Source: Film Studies Center, University of Chicago

Restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult

Director: Ebrahim Golestan

Cast: Taji Ahmadi, Zackaria Hashemi, Goli Bozorgmehr

Scriptwriter: Ebrahim Golestan

Genre: Drama

Screening Time: 125 mins

 

A seminal film of the ‘first Iranian New Wave,’ Ebrahim Golestan’s Brick and Mirror is essential viewing for those seeking to understand the influences of this period of film history on filmmakers as acclaimed and diverse as Kiarostami, Panahi and co. A minimalist tale of a taxi driver left with a baby in his back seat after the mother abandons the two of them, this classic branches out into a biting social commentary of Iranian society in the 60s.