Spectrum

Programme IFFR 2011

In 'Spectrum'

The White Balloon

The White Balloon

Last December, Jafar Panahi and his fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof were sentenced by a Revolutionary Court to six years imprisonment. They were also banned from making films for a period of twenty years(!). In the eyes of the Iranian regime, it seems that even an innocent children’s film like The White Balloon, in which a 7-year-old child does everything possible to recover the money to buy a goldfish before New Year, is a threat to the state.In protest at these events, the IFFR is organising a free screening of this charming film, once withdrawn as an Oscar submission by Iran.

Jafar Panahi
  • 85'

  • Iran

IFFR 2011

The White Meadows

The White Meadows

Last December, Mohammad Rasoulof and his fellow filmmaker Jafar Panahi were sentenced by a Revolutionary Court to six years imprisonment. They were also banned from making films for a period of twenty years(!). This seems to mean that the chance of Rasoulof making another powerful allegory like The White Meadows, is gone for good.In this surreal, poetic drama, the old fisherman Rahmat travels to the salt islands to collect the tears of the inhabitants, in the hope that these tears will one day turn to pearls.The IFFR is organising a free screening with the Global Film Initiative. The White Meadows is part of the Global Lens 2011 series.

Mohammad Rasoulof
  • 92'

  • Iran

IFFR 2011