Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Cast: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Azizeh Mohamadi, Ghorban Ali Naderi, Zahra Saghrisaz
Iran, France, 1998, 86’, black & white
Farsi with Turkish and English subtitles
Two daughters are locked up by their unemployed father and blind mother. When their neighbours call social services to report the children’s imprisonment, an investigation ensues; rumours fly and the girls’ plight is reported by the local press. The neighbourhood is caught up in a fury of controversy as the sisters are placed on a bittersweet path to joining the wider world. As explained by the director, this film combines documentary and fictional techniques in its story- telling. Most of the film’s protagonists are based on the actors themselves.
Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.
Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos.
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