Middle East Studies

Film Screening | The Tenants (1987) | Iranian Cinema Series S24

Iranian Cinema: Dariush Mehrjui: A Retrospective

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

195 Angell, Room 202

About the Series

The Center for Language Studies and Cogut Institute for the Humanities invite you to join us for a series of five film screenings through which we will explore the decades-long career of renowned Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui. In the wake of Mehrjui’s tragic murder in Tehran in October 2023, we aim to pause and take stock of this remarkable filmmaker and his contributions to cinema, both domestic and global, and his command over wide range of modes, from comedy to family drama. In particular, please join us for a special event on Tuesday, February 13 hosted by the Cogut Institute’s Film-Thinking Series, which will feature a screening followed by a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. All films will be screened with English subtitles.

About the Film

On the outskirts of Tehran, the tenants of a rundown apartment are facing eviction by their greedy building manager, who tries to claim the deed to the apartment complex after the landlord's death. Featuring slapstick comedic moments alongside deep social criticism, Mehrjui’s unusual allegorical satire paints a striking picture of class relations, and points to complex causes for Iran’s problems. 109 min. 

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