Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht (The May Lady), 1998, Rakhshan Banietemad

Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht (The May Lady)

Director, Screenplay: Rakhshan Banietemad; Cinematography: Hossein Jafarian; Editin: Mostafa Kherghehpoosh, Masume Shahnazari; Cast: Minoo Farshchi, Mani Kasraian. Iran, 1998, DCP (shot on 35mm), color, 88 min. Persian with English subtitles
The May Lady, Banietemad's sixth feature, is considered a central entry in her filmography and has widely praised as both her most personal and subversive work. The film presents a complicated love triangle between Forough Kia, a filmmaker and single mother, her young son Mani, and her producer, Rahbar, who cannot hide his feelings for Forough. There is a taboo at the center of the film: the tension between what Iranian society expects from a mother and a single mother's private and professional aspirations. Banietemad confronts her subject in a direct, brave, and radical manner. At the same time, she displays an extremely confident voice unafraid to tell the story with a patient, poetic rhythm. She brings the viewer as close as possible into the home of an Iranian middle-class single mother, showing the woman's everyday persistent refusal to conform to the cliched roles expected from her professionally and in private. (T.A.)

Free admission for supporting members on January 27

Unfortunately Rakhshan Banietemad has to cancel her visit due to health reasons.