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So Close, So Far (Kheili Dour, Kheili Nazdik)

16th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema

Saturday, February 11, 2006
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Masoud Rayegani (from last year's Silence of the Sea) plays a wealthy Tehran doctor who lives a life of luxury, surrounded by the latest in high-tech personal communication devices.  This self-satisfied existence is rocked when he learns that his teenaged son has a brain tumor.  So Close, So Far follows the doctor's journey as he takes to the road to catch up with his son who's gone off on a New Year's holiday.  This moving film is part male melodrama, part road movie, developing into a fable of renewal and transformation.  Like A Piece of Bread (with which it shares a screenwriter), So Close, So Far can be read as religious parable or existential allegory.  The film is Iran's submission for the 2005 Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

Producer: Reza Mirkarimi
Screenwriters: Reza Mirkarimi, Mohammad-Reza Gohari
Cinematographer: Hamid Khozolee Abyane
Editor: Bahram Denghani
With: Masoud Rayegani, Afshin Hashemi
2005, 35mm, 121 minutes
Advance tickets are available online for $8.  Tickets are also available at the theater one hour before showtime:  $7 general admission; $5 students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

There is free parking on Loring Avenue after 6 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.  Parking is also available in Lot 3 for $8. 

The Archive has made the following arrangement for its patrons:   Archive patrons can purchase a parking permit for $5 to be used for future visits to the James Bridges Theater for a screening.  This represents a $3 savings over the usual price of $8.


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Sponsor(s): Film and Television Archive, Bijan and Soraya Amin Foundation