VIFF 2014: Iran's Tales tells its stories subversively

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      Tales (Iran)  

      Rakhshan Bani-Etemad (Under the City’s Skin), the elder stateswoman of Iranian cinema, couldn’t make a feature film without destructive interference from religious censors, but there’s less restriction on low-budget shorts. So she made a batch of interlocking, play-like stories, most of which show men and women stuck in an exhausting (and quite talky) dance between stifling conformity and frequently angry self-expression—winning her and cowriter Farid Mostafavi a best-screenplay award at this year’s Venice Film Festival. A Separation’s brooding Peyman Moaadi makes an appearance in the tense closing tale.

      Playhouse, October 8 (9:30 p.m.)