Women Without Men – LA Screenings

Shirin Neshat’s highly anticipated film (an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s writing) opens in Los Angeles today. Details here.

Dariush Mehrjui and J.D. Salinger: Franny and Zooey and Pari

As it turns out, back in 1998, J.D. Salinger blocked a New York City screening of an Iranian film that was loosely based on his book Franny and Zooey. The film was named Pari.

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The film, directed by Dariush Mehrjui, was set for a screening at Lincoln Center. When Salinger got wind of this news, he sicced his lawyers on the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the screening was canceled. A New York Times article gives details.

Apparently, the adaptation was unauthorized.

via The J.D. Salinger-Iran Connection « West of Persia.

UCLA Iranian Cinema 2010

UCLA’s 20th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema is coming up, with an awesome bunch of films showing Feb 5 – Feb 20. Full lineup here, buy tickets here.