Thursday Cinema
Salaam Cinema [Hello Cinema]

Salt Beyoğlu

September 27, 2019 19.00

Salaamcinema 1995 <i>Salaam Cinema</i> [Selam Sinema] (1995) filminden bir kare ©Makhmalbaf Film House
Still from Salaam Cinema [Hello Cinema] (1995) ©Makhmalbaf Film House
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Salaam Cinema [Hello Cinema] (1995)
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
75 minutes
Persian; Turkish and English subtitles

In 1995, Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf posted a casting call in a local newspaper for his upcoming film celebrating the centenary of cinema. However, about five thousands of eager would-be movie stars lined up and eventually a riot broke out. Changing his strategy, Makhmalbaf decided to make a docudrama based on the auditions. The candidates unaware of their role were expected to answer Makhmalbaf’s questions and perform specific roles described by the director in front of the camera. As he explored the obstacles faced by the performers, what would normally be considered as behind the scenes or test shoots, in reality became the very film itself.

An extraordinary reflection of the role of cinema and a loving tribute to the movies, Salaam Cinema [Hello Cinema] (1995) shines light on the lesser known stories and everyday realities of Iran in the 1990s.

Thursday Cinema is supported by Garanti BBVA Mortgage. Program is free. Reservations are not accepted.

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.