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Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Shaghayeh Djodat ... Herself
Behzad Dorani ... Himself
Feizola Gashghai ... Himself
Maryam Keyhan ... Herself
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M.H. Mokhtarian ... Himself
Kambiz Shabankare ... Himself
Mirhadi Tayebi ... Himself
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Moharram Zaynalzadeh ... Himself
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Makhmalbaf puts an advertisement in the papers calling for an open casting for his next movie. However when hundreds of people show up, he decides to make a movie about the casting and the screen tests of the would-be actors. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

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A heart expanding movie on the love for cinema, from a country we know far too little of.
15 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

It has one of the best opening scenes: is it a street riot? an anti-American demonstration? where is the sale? But soon the director does what he likes best: manipulate the hell out of his actors, and us, as if we are puppets. The eagerness of those people to appear in his movie is anywhere between touching to awful (hey folks, it's only a movie). But maybe it says more about the importance of film in Iranian culture. I saw it three times and was equally engaged every time.


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