I haven’t seen many films from the Middle East, but now is a good time to start I guess. This week is films from the Middle East. Please check out http://wanderingthroughtheshelves.blogspot.co.uk/
Cairo Station is a film of great importantace in Egyptian cinema, it’s depiction of violence and male sexual urges were so ahead of it’s time the film was banned for twenty years in Egypt. Cairo Station lacks the visual sleek and sheen of the contemporary Hollywood movies but it’s a film with a gritty, realistic style.
Perhaps one of the most widely viewed and highly acclaimed films from the region was Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation. A film about a failing marriage due to differences in opinion between a wife and a husband regarding their future...do they leave Iran for a better life or stay looking after the husband's ill father?
Following on from the critical success of A Girl Walks Home at Night, Under the Shadow is another horror film set in Iran. Technically, this is a British film, but the film is set in Iran, the dialogue is in Farsi, it’s shot in Jordan and features Iranian talent so that more than qualifies it as a Middle Eastern film. It’s a superb film, one that relies on chills and engaging characters to tell the story and somehow makes a bed sheet scary.