Chess of the Wind

Chess of the Wind

Iran | 1976 | 93 min. | Mohammed Reza Aslani

Opens December 10, 2021

Screened publicly just once before it was banned and then lost for decades, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema reemerges to take its place as one of the most singular and astonishing works of the country’s pre-revolution New Wave.


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A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in shivery period atmosphere, Chess of the Wind unfolds in an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares the heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently-deceased matriarch’s estate. Melding the influences of European modernism, gothic horror, and classical Persian art, director Mohammad Reza Aslani crafts an exquisitely controlled mood piece that erupts in a stunningly subversive final act in which class conventions, gender roles, and even time itself are upended with shocking ferocity.

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Image Retrouvée laboratory (Paris) in collaboration with Mohammad Reza Aslani and Gita Aslani Shahrestani. Restoration funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.
  • Original Language Title: Shatranj-e Baad
  • Director: Mohammed Reza Aslani
  • Principal Cast: Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Fakhri Khorvash, Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 1976
  • Running Time: 93 min.
  • Producer: Bahman Farmanara
  • Screenplay: Mohammed Reza Aslani
  • Cinematographers: Houshang Baharlou
  • Editors: Abbas Ganjavi
  • Music: Sheyda Gharachedaghi
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: Farsi
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Janus Films