Chess of the Wind (1976)

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Genre

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Release Year

1976

Director

Mohammad Reza Aslani

Producer

Bahman Farmanara

Cast

Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Fakhri Khorvash, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Country

Iran

Runtime

93 min

Screening Daily November 5-11
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A New York Times Critic’s Pick!

Screened publicly just once in 1976 before it was banned and then lost for decades, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema reemerges to take its place as one of the most singular and astonishing works of the country’s prerevolutionary New Wave. A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in shivery period atmosphere, CHESS OF THE WIND unfolds in an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares the heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently deceased matriarch’s estate. Melding the influences of European modernism, gothic horror, and classical Persian art, director Mohammad Reza Aslani crafts an exquisitely controlled mood piece that erupts in a stunningly subversive final act in which class conventions, gender roles, and even time itself are upended with shocking ferocity.

Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. 

In Farsi with English subtitles.

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