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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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Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shaghayeh Djodat Shaghayeh Djodat ... Herself
Behzad Dorani Behzad Dorani ... Himself
Feizola Gashghai Feizola Gashghai ... Himself
Maryam Keyhan Maryam Keyhan ... Herself
Mohsen Makhmalbaf ... Himself
M.H. Mokhtarian M.H. Mokhtarian ... Himself
Kambiz Shabankare Kambiz Shabankare ... Himself
Mirhadi Tayebi Mirhadi Tayebi ... Himself
Azadeh Zanganeh Azadeh Zanganeh ... Herself
Moharram Zaynalzadeh 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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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

14 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hello Cinema See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Amoon,Green Film House See more »
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Act!
20 April 2000 | by bgilchSee all my reviews

A remarkable small film from Iran. A director holds a casting call for 100 actors to appear in his next film. 5000 people show up, some desperate, some bewildered, and some self-absorbed. The director calls in each person, sometimes in large groups, and asks them all why they came. He then requests that they act, some he even demands to laugh or cry within 10 seconds because that's what actors can do, indeed must do. Alternately cruel and cajoling he is relentless in his pursuit of the truth of acting. 'Can they act' enfolds within it, 'why act'?

Anyone interested in the process of filmmaking, of acting, in documentaries, and in a open-faced discussion of what art is and what artistic responsibility is will find much to laugh, cry, and think about in this film. The consequences of the director's questions and the veracity of the answers will surprise you. Somewhere amongst playing God, the director discovers a genuine democracy.


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