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Iranian cinema has evolved in many ways since Houston’s annual film festival—the longest-running annual MFAH event—was established two decades ago. This year’s selections include comedy, drama, and an acclaimed documentary. The 20th Iranian Film Festival.
Rhino Season (Fasle Kargadan)Directed by Bahman Ghobadi2012, in Farsi with English subtitles, 96 minutes "A haunting love story spanning three decades is the latest from the director of A Time for Drunken Horses and No One Knows About Persian Cats [shown at the MFAH in 2010]. Rhino Season is based on the tragic story of a Kurdish poet who was unjustly incarcerated during Iran's Islamic Revolution. The victim of a personal vendetta, Sahel (Behrouz Vossoughi) is thrown into prison along with his devoted wife Mina (Monica Bellucci). Inexplicably released after serving a 10-year sentence, Mina is informed by the authorities that Sahel is dead. Heartbroken, she and her two children leave Iran for Istanbul—unknowingly leaving behind her very-much-alive husband, who is forced to stay in prison for another 20 years. Finally released, Sahel sets out to find his wife, the memory of whom was the only thing that had sustained him throughout his agonizing ordeal. But after clinging to an intangible vision for so many years, what is the reality that awaits him now?" —www.mijfilm.com