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.


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.