Comedy, Crime, Drama
Contemporary World Cinema
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Who’s Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? becomes Who’s Killing the Great Directors of Iran? in this outré comedy about a filmmaker beset, in his view, by treachery. Blacklisted director Hasan hasn't been allowed make a film in years and is relegated to helming bug-spray commercials, where his auteur-ish sensibilities are vastly underappreciated. His muse and leading lady has betrayed him by working with a hated, inferior rival, and even his wife and daughter, once dutiful, are losing their patience with him. Worst of all, respected directors across the city are being decapitated, yet Hasan’s head is still firmly attached to his shoulders. As the tortured creative soul wrestles with the prospect of living the rest of his life in humiliating irrelevance, he suddenly becomes embroiled in the murder investigation—as a suspect. Writer/director Mani Haghighi even manages to insert himself, as a headless victim, into the midst of his surreal portrayal of a narcissist in a narcissistic age.
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
In this sharp-fanged French/Belgian tragicomedy, Jacques is stripped of everything: his job, his family, his home, and his new pet. Having already paid for training sessions and at a loss for answers, he decides to attend them himself—as the dog. You can’t help but sympathize as you squirm.
A woman encounters two exes in one night, a couple gets the worst seats on an airplane, a bride gives birth at her own wedding, and a teenager gets stoned for the first time in this Polish social satire disguised as a darkly humorous, multipart character study.
The protagonist of this black-as-tar comedy from Greece is a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy—a man with a need for pity so bottomless that he’s willing to do anything to elicit it from others. Such is the absurd life of the Lawyer, for whom the world is not quite cruel enough.