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Iranian film has Venice public fuming

August 31, 2008

kiarostami.jpgAcclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has fallen foul of the public in Venice after his latest picture “Shirin” screened at the annual film festival. While some critics were relatively kind to one of “arthouse” cinema’s leading lights, the public was less forgiving.

On the “Give Us Our Money Back!” notice board outside the festival, where people vent their spleens with small notes containing their rants/musings, “Shirin” features far more than any other film so far as Venice reaches its halfway stage.

He was slammed for being pretentious, wasting audience’s time and producing a truly boring piece of cinema. One cartoon features the drawing of a man watching the movie trying to hang himself.

“Shirin” is 92 minutes long. It is a sequence of shots of Iranian women’s faces as they watch a film which the audience never sees. Clever device? Perhaps, but many felt that 114 actresses including French star Juliette Binoche, was a little, shall we say, over the top.


This is b.l..t. “Shirin” is a fascinating movie. The problem is that some may not understand any movies that are not bolly-holly-wood.

Posted by Geoff | Report as abusive

please educate yourself! if want to see death race you are not welcom to Venice, man here we are talking about pure art not Hollywood wishy-washy movies, Please leave art of cinema alone you dumb Americans

Posted by Roberto | Report as abusive

I am surprising why you didn’t go to see Iron Man movie
And you came to Venice!!


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