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Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President is the opening film of the Orizzonti section

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08 | 25 | 2014

Wednesday 27 August at 4:00 pm in the renovated Sala Darsena

The President (Georgia, France, Great Britain, Germany, 115’) by the master of Iranian cinema Mohsen Makhmalbaf, with Misha Gomiashvili and Dachi Orvelashvili, will be the opening film of the ORIZZONTI section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival, dedicated to showcasing new trends in world cinema. The film will be screened on the day of the Venice Film Festival’s inauguration, August 27th at 4:00 pm, in the renovated Sala Darsena. BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE >>
The President is the story of a dictator of an imaginary country in the Caucasus, who is forced to escape following a coup d’état, and begins a journey to discover his country in the company of his five-year-old grandson. The two travel across the lands that the President once governed. Now, disguised as a street musician to avoid being recognized, the former dictator comes into contact with his people, which he comes to know from a different point of view.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf is one of the leading exponents of New Iranian cinema. He won a Special Mention at the Locarno Film Festival in 1996 for Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence). In 1998 he was in Competition at the Venice Film Festival with Sokout (The Silence); in 1999 he presented the anthology film Ghessé hayé kish (Kish Tales) at the Cannes Film Festival, and returned there in 2001 with Safar e Ghandehar (Kandahar).
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