Presented by the Iranian Film Festival Australia
Tiger Award: Rotterdam Film Festival
Hamid Royani has a very special event booked for the San Francisco-based Persian radio station he programs: Metallica is scheduled to stop by the studio to jam with Kabul Dreams, a rock band who have flown in from Afghanistan especially for the occasion. For Royani, an idealistic writer, the two bands coming together to play music symbolises the potential for peace between the United States and Afghanistan. But first, the megastar metal band needs to show up. And the whole station is flustered waiting.
Winner of a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Babak Jalali's satirical sophomore film, tackles themes of artistic integrity, commercialism and cultural identity. In keeping with the music theme of the film, Royani is played by controversial US-based Iranian singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo, dubbed "the Bob Dylan of Iran".
"Under Jalali's confident stewardship, the circumscribed world of the struggling radio station becomes the perfect microcosmic stage on which to deftly play out global tensions of profit vs. art, East vs. West, isolationism vs. assimilation, and pragmatism vs. idealism." Variety
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