*Cloud and the Rising Sun*. 1997. Iran. Written and directed by Mahmoud Kalari. Courtesy of Leyla Kalari

Cloud and the Rising Sun. 1997. Iran. Written and directed by Mahmoud Kalari. With Amir Payvar, Mohammad Reza Sharifinia, Farshid Dehkhoda. DCP. In Persian; English subtitles. 78 min.

For his directorial and writing debut, cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari turns to his most familiar subject: filmmaking. A small crew from Tehran is filming in the countryside. Just when they are ready to shoot the final scene, the weather refuses to cooperate. As if that’s not enough of a problem, the lead actor suddenly abandons the shoot to attend to a family emergency. How far will the filmmakers go to accomplish their mission? Having worked on dozens of productions as a cinematographer, Kalari reflects on the absurd and comical situations that befall filmmakers in this charming picture (on which he also served as cinematographer).

  1. Wednesday, September 26, 2018,
    4:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Wednesday, September 19, 2018,
    7:00 p.m.

    Introduced by Mahmoud Kalari
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2