TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019 | 7:15 PM | NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
ENCORE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019 | 7:15 PM | NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
Mexico/USA/Greece/Dominican Republic | 2018 | 88 minutes | Bani Khoshnoudi | In Spanish, English, and Farsi with English subtitles
Ramin, an Iranian refugee living in Mexico, is trying to come to terms with his past, one that has left permanent scars on his body and soul. As he strolls through the port of Veracruz—a place where transient souls collide in search of a better life—the haunting memories of his long-distance lover begin to fill his heart with a profound sense of loneliness and repentance. Ramin’s friendship with Leti, the young woman who runs the small hotel where he stays and teaches him Spanish, and an attraction to ex-con Guillermo help him find himself as a gay man in a new home. Beautifully shot and strikingly naturalistic, FIREFLIES won the top prize in the Ibero-American Competition at the Miami Film Festival.
Chelsea Winstanley; 2018; USA; 11 min; in Persian with English subtitles
A teacher and his student play a game of chess in a Tehran café on the eve of its closing.
Director: Bani Khoshnoudi
Principal Cast: Arash Marandi, Flor Eduarda Gurrola, Luis Alberti
Country: Mexico/USA/Greece/Dominican Republic
Running Time: 88 minutes
Producers: Bani Khoshnoudi, Elsa Reyes
Writer: Bani Khoshnoudi
Editor: Gil González Penilla, Miguel Schverdfinger
Language: Spanish, English, and Farsi
Content Warning: Vulgar language, graphic violence, and non-explicit sexual situations