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August 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

It is that time again for fans of international films to keep a date or two free in their appointment books, for The Actor’s Studio will be screening two classic films come 15th and 16th August 2011. The screening of these movies will be held at the Indicine theatre located at Level 2, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre at Sentul Park. The movies that have been selected for viewing are as below:

The Hunter (2010) (Showing on Monday, 15th August 2011 at 8.30 pm)
Running time: Approximately 88 minutes
Iran/Germany film, Colour
Directed by Rafi Pitts
The Hunter, a thriller starring writer/director Rafi Pitts tells the story of an ex jailbird, Ali. Recently released from prison, Ali is forced to take on a lowly paid job as a night shift security guard, which robs him of quality time spent with his wife and daughter. After discovering that they were accidentally killed in a shooting during a political demonstration, Ali exacts his revenge by shooting at a random police car that was passing by. He finds himself being pursued by two policemen and escapes into the woods. The three men soon find themselves lost in the woods, and Ali must now find a way to escape this relentless manhunt in order to survive. The movie received a good mix of reviews, with some claiming that its minimalistic dialog approach making the movie rather dull, while others felt that Pitts have managed to strike a lingering note among the audience with this movie. The movie was co-produced by Iran and Germany and is loosely based on events that happened during the 2008 government protests in Tehran.

The Hunter (2010)

The Hunter (2010)

The White Balloon (1995) (Showing on Tuesday, 16th August 2011 at 8.30 pm)
Running Time: Approximately 81 minutes
Iran film, Colour
Directed by Jafar Panahi
It is the eve of the Iranian New Year, and soon all the shops in the market will close for the holidays. We see a little girl and her mother hurrying through the market place, trying to get all the necessary shopping done before closing time. A fat goldfish with elaborate fins catches Razieh, a seven-year-old’s eye and she immediately has her heart set on buying that fish. She desperately pleads with her mother, up to the point of nagging to buy the fish. Her mother refuses, saying that the money is better off spent buying necessities, and even her brother sneers at her, saying that with that kind of money, he could go for movies twice.

Ultimately, Razieh’s persistence wins and with the help of her brother Ali, (whom she had promised to bribe him with a white balloon), they head to the market to buy the fish with a 500-toman banknote in her hands. In the marketplace, she gets side-tracked by two snake charmers who tries to con her out of her money. She drops the money in a cellar grate and is determined to retrieve the money. Here we see a variety of characters who offers to help her – a shopkeeper that does not want to be bothered, an old lady who helps Razieh retrace her steps to where the note fell, a young soldier who tells lies to gain the girl’s confidence and a balloon seller who helps her retrieve the money.

The White Balloon is an engaging story that does not need to rely heavily on a plot to succeed, simply because the actress, Aida Mohammadkhani, is such an endearing character. We see the story unfold through the eyes of a seven-year-old, where her views of a person are taken at face value. The story has won numerous awards in international film fairs including the Prix de la Camera d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and was listed as one of the 50 best family films of all time by The Guardian. The movie will be screened in Persian with English subtitles.

The White Balloon (1995)

The White Balloon (1995)

All tickets for watching the movies can be purchased by donation. For more information, log on to The Actors Studio’s website or call 03 2142 2009 / 2143 2009 for The Actors Studio @ Lot 10 or 03 4047 9000 for klpac @ Sentul Park.

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