Salam Cinema with special guest Phil Collins

Thursday 24th September / 7PM @ The Maltings Theatre & Cinema

Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins will present his own work before introducing one of his favourite films, Makhmalbaf’s prescient 1995 documentary. 5,000 hopefuls jostle for the chance to audition before the celebrated director. Hollywood fantasies clash with raw societal frictions in this Festival highlight and Iranian Fact or Fiction epic.

Part of ASPECT, an Independent Cinema Office initiative funded by Arts Council England



Cast: Shaghayeh Djodat, Behzad Dorani, Feizola Gashghai

Producers: A. Lavasani, Abbas Randjbar

Director of Photography: Mahmoud Kalari

Editor: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Sound: Nizan Kiyai

Music: Shardad Rohani


Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a major figure in world cinema whose been in exile from his home country of Iran since 2005. Much of Makhmalbaf’s work draws upon his activist background, asking pertinent questions about politics, cinema and the role of an artist. He has directed nearly 30 films, garnering some 50 awards including the Ecumenical Jury Award at Cannes (2001), a Federico Fellini Gold Medal from UNESCO (2001) and the Parajanov Award for outstanding artistic contribution to World Cinema from Yerevan Film Festival (2006).

Selected Filmography

The President, 2014

The Gardener, 2012

Sex & Philosophy, 2005

Kandahar, 2001

A Moment of Innocence, 1996

The Actor, 1993

Once Upon a Time, Cinema, 1992

Boycott, 1986


Print/Sales Makhmalbaf Film House
Original Language: Persian
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Artist Mohsen Makhmalbaf Country Iran Year 1995 Duration 81 minutes Cert Suggested 12a