The President (2014)
First screened in October 2014
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Cast: Misha Gomiashvili, Dachi Orvelashvili, Zura Begalishvili, Guja Burduli, Lasha Ramishvili, Soso Khvedelidze, Dato Beshitaishvili, Eka Kakhiani, Nuki Koshkelishvili, Elene Bezarashvili, Tekla Javakhadze, Davit Dvalishvili, Nuca Sanadze, Jaba Kiladze, Leo Antadze. Screenplay: Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Marziyeh Meshkini.

Twitter Capsule: Makhmalbaf as I've rarely met him, in bumptious tragicomic picaresque. Funny, brutal. Great lead. Winner?

VOR:   Will fight for even a slim release, and many critics may consider its style prosaic. I found it tonally and politically daring, especially as the world becomes more oligarchic and more anarchic.



Photo © 2014 Makhmalbaf Film House/20 Steps Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B


Awards:
Chicago International Film Festival: Golden Hugo (Best Picture)

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