30.09. - 09.10.2021

The House is Black Iran 1962 | 26 min | OV with English subtitles | Black & White | FF 2013

Forugh Farrokhzad

Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-1967) was one of Iran's most influential poets of the 20th century. The House is Black was her only film. While making it, she adopted the child of a leprous couple. Five years later, she died in a car accident.

rated for 0 + years
SHORT FILM: Life and suffering in an Iranian leper colony in the early 1960s. In grainy black and white pictures, the film looks soberly at the misshapen faces and bodies of the inhabitants. The initial shock gives way to joy: the director, speaking off camera, reads excerpts from the Old Testament, the Koran and her own poetry and we watch as the deformities are outshone by the magic of humanity. Dignity is stronger than misery. The House is Black was a prototypical essay film in Iran and the influence of its blend of poetry and pictures is still tangible in Iranian cinema today.

Precedes The Traveller.
Original title: Khaneh siah ast?
Film type: Short
Original language: Farsi
Section: Iran Deluxe
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Forugh Farrokhzad
Screenplay: Forugh Farrokhzad
Cast: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri
Producer: Ebrahim Golestan
Director of Photography: Soleiman Minasian
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Editor: Forugh Farrokhzad
Sound: 0
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Production: Studio Golestan


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