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 10+4 (2007), 77 min dir. Mania Akbari

10+4 (2007), 77 min dir. Mania Akbari

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10+4 (2007)

dir. by Mania Akbari

27 Jan 2018

Mania Akbari, one of the most remarkable Iranian female directors, shows her latest works in a series of screenings at Nottingham Contemporary. 
 
This film will be shown in Farsi with English subtitles.
 
10+4 [In Dah be alaveh Chahar] (2007), 77 min
dir. Mania Akbari
 
Mania Akbari’s second feature 10+4 blurs the line between documentary and fiction, and Akbari herself is the protagonist. It opens on the same set-up as Abbas Kiarostami’s 2002 feature, Ten, in which Akbari and her then ten-year-old son Amin Maher bicker in the car. Cut to the present; both mother and son are in the same position in the car continuing their argument, but with a twist – Akbari is now directing herself as lead, and engaged in a fight against breast cancer that will end with her having a double mastectomy. 
 
She is thirty years old. She has undergone surgery; she has lost her hair following chemotherapy and no longer wears the compulsory headscarf; and sometimes she is too weak to drive. So the camera follows her to record conversations with friends and family in different spaces, from the gondola she had famously used in her first feature to a hospital bed. Yet, while her body shows the effects of the disease, Akbari is as tough, charismatic, and argumentative as in her previous screen appearances - her luminous presence all the more alluring and precious as it becomes a sign of how fragile life itself is.
 
Her cinematic language has been expanded and refined from the rigorous explorations of 20 Fingers, to take into account the unexpected aspects of facing simultaneously death and survival, social stigma and sympathy. Treading an elegant line between documentary and fiction, Akbari takes a daring look at complex social situations that arise in the face of mortality and emerges with a new zest for life.
 
 
3pm
Free. The Space
Booking required

 

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