Radio Dreams

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Iran | 2016 | 97 minutes | Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali's wry comedy, inspired by the films of Aki Kaurismäki, depicts the Iranian immigrant experience as reflected through a scrappy Persian-language radio station in San Francisco, where Afghanistan's first rock band, Kabul Dreams, hopes to jam with the legendary Metallica.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

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Radio Dreams follows a day in the life of Pars Radio, San Francisco's #1 Farsi-language broadcaster and home to a diverse sampling of the Iranian diaspora. The long-suffering station manager, Hamid Royani (acclaimed Iranian folk singer Mohsen Namjoo), is a cultured intellectual who enjoyed some literary prominence before emigrating to the U.S. Now, his status sadly diminished, Royani nevertheless tries to sustain his artistic principles with programming that includes poetry, short stories, and regional music from Iran and its neighbors. (Lowering the tone somewhat are the cheesy advertising jingles the station is forced to run in order to survive.) In an ambitious undertaking that promises to unite art and commerce, pragmatism and idealism, even East and West, Mr. Royani has brought Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan's first rock band, and arranged for Metallica to meet the band and jam with it. But as the day wears on with no word from Metallica's manager, will all these dreams be dashed? Winner of the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Iran-born writer/director Babak Jalali's sophomore feature boasts a stylized aesthetic and deadpan wit reminiscent of Christopher Guest's. Compassion and insight give a generous depth to this low-key, slow-burn comedy about immigration, integration, and identity.

Director Biography
Babak Jalali, born in 1978 in northern Iran, has lived mainly in London since 1986. His first feature, Frontier Blues (2009), premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009 and won the FIPRESCI award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Sponsored by Sinikka and Babak Parviz, Michael and Neda Nassirian, UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Persian and Iranian Studies Program, AIBC, Kamiar and Afsaneh Karimi, Naini Family Foundation, Associates in Cultural Exchange, UW Iranian-American Faculty, Rumi Restaurant

  • Director: Babak Jalali
  • Principal Cast: Mohsen Namjoo, Boshra Dastournezhad, Raby Adib, Sulyman Qardash, Lars Ulrich
  • Country: Iran, USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: Marjaneh Moghimi
  • Screenplay: Babak Jalali, Aida Ahadiany
  • Cinematographers: Noaz Deshe
  • Editors: Nico Leunen, Babak Salek
  • Music: Mahmoud Schricker
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016 (Tiger Award)
  • Filmography: Frontier Blues (2009)
  • Language: Farsi, English, Dari, Assyrian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Reel Suspects