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Iran Movie Break: "No One Knows About Persian Cats"

No One Knows About Persian Cats, directed by Bahman Ghobadi, is beginning to get international attention. Winner of an award at Cannes, the drama with the feel of a documentary is set in the underground rock scene of Iran, where a guitarist and a singer want to play in London.

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The film has now received a short review in The Times and is being shown in independent cinemas in Britain over the next six weeks (schedule below the trailer).



26 March Curzon, Soho

26 March Ritzy, Brixton

2 April Gate Picturehouse, Notting Hill

9 April Cine Lumiere

10 April Picturehouse, Greenwich

11 April Picturehouse, Clapham

13 April Picturehouse, Stratford, East London


26 March The Belmont Picturehouse, Aberdeen

26 March Little Theatre, Bath

26 March Watershed, Bristol

26 March Showroom, Sheffield

2 April Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford

4 April City Screen Picturehouse, York

5 April Cameo Picturehouse, Edinburgh

8 April Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton

9 April Cornerhouse, Manchester

10 April Picturehouse, Exeter

11 April Picturehouse, Stratford-Upon-Avon

12 April Picturehouse Fact, Liverpool

12 April Phoenix Square,Leicester

13 April Regal Picturehouse, Henley-On-Thames

16 April DCA, Dundee

18 April Picturehouse Duke of Yorks, Brighton

19 April Picturehouse Cinema City, Norwich

27 April Picturehouse at Fact, Liverpool

5 May Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

15 May Dukes Cinema, Lancaster


26 March IFI, Dublin

26 March Lighthouse, Dublin

Reader Comments (4)

I saw it when it was released,( almost three months ago ); wonderful film and musique .

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterange paris

The review is from London Times, not NYTimes.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterramin

ramin- thanks, I've just corrected this on Scott's behalf.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Dunn


Thank you for introducing Ghobadi's underground music documentary.
A positive and somewhat longer review is to be found here:

And more on Iran's underground rock scene, which thrives despite censors here:


March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArshama

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