Women Without Men
aka Zanan-e bedun-e mardan First screened in May 2010
Director: Shirin Neshat. Cast: Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Orsolya Tóth, Essa Zahir, Navíd Akhavan, Bijan Daneshmand, Tahmoures Tehrani, Shahrnoush Parsipour. Screenplay: Shoja Azari and Shirin Neshat (based on the novel by Shahrnoush Parsipour). Twitter Capsule:
Mounting problems of structure and technique, but daring and ambitious, with several strong scenes
Ideally, I'd be an even bigger fan of unnerving gallery-quality study of gender and power directed by expat Iranian woman. My cuppa, for sure. Worth confronting, even if rewards are uneven.