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SFS Talkies 2008 - It's Winter (Zemestan)

What SFS presents Rafi Pitts's "It's Winter", on 24 May 2008 at The Picturehouse, 1.00pm. Stay for the post-screening discussion too.
When 24 May 2008 (Saturday), 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Where The Picturehouse
5th Floor The Cathay
2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
(Near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station)

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.


It's Winter (Zemestan)
Iran / 2006 / 79 min / 35mm / Drama / Rating PG (No Consumer Advice)
Farsi with English subtitles
Dir. Rafi Pitts

Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2006 Berlinale, It's Winter offers a portrait of male self-absorption and isolation set in the hardscrabble existence of Tehran's working poor.

One bleak Iranian winter, unemployed Mokhtar leaves his young wife Khatoun and his daughter to work overseas. Months pass without any word from him, while Khatoun ekes out a meagre existence. Meanwhile Marhab, a rebellious vagrant, arrives looking for work. He falls in love with Khatoun, and begins to court her.

About the Director

Born 1967 in Mashad, Iran, Rafi Pitts  studied film in London and worked in France as assistant director to Jacques Doillon. As well as two previous well-received fictions, Sanam (2001) and Season Five (1997), he has made a French television documentary, Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty.

"... an austerely beautiful parable about men and their painfully conflicted view of themselves..."

-- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Pitts' sombre, enigmatic picture of contemporary Iran is strikingly unfamiliar, but beyond that It's Winter represents a trenchant take on the universal theme of male solipsism and emotional isolation."

-- Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound

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