Brisbane cinephiles can experience a glimpse of the beauty, diversity and quality of film produced in the Asia Pacific in the lead up to November’s 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the 2nd Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF), with four special screening events. The first film is APSA-winner TALES, from renowned Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, screening at QAGOMA on Friday 28 August.
APSA and BAPFF in partnership with Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) present TALES.
Winner of the Jury Grand Prize and nominated for Achievement in Directing at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony last December, Iranian director Rakhshan Banietemad’s TALES affirms her reputation as one of the most acute observers of her country’s malaise.
TALES weaves the characters of Banietemad’s previous films into a series of vignettes that veer artfully between satire and absurdity, comedy and tragedy. Banietemad composes a wide-ranging broadside on the oft-ignored social problems facing contemporary Iran – bureaucracy, drug use, prostitution and poverty. From a woman taking a taxi she cannot pay for, to unpaid factory workers attempting to unionise themselves, to the domestic quandaries of a girl’s “temporary marriage”, humane, bold and deeply sensitive to the many issues facing women in Iran, hers is a body of work that commands attention and demands response.
TALES will be introduced by Asia Pacific cinema academic and APSA Academy Member and APSA International Nominations Council Member, Dr Anne Démy-Geroe, Co-Director of the Iranian Film Festival Australia and NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Board Member.