Fifi Howls from Happiness by Mitra Farahani (2014, 96 min.). A lasting tribute to an elusive artistic genius, Fifi Howls from Happiness affirms the power of creative freedom, the right of the artist to create and to destroy, and above all, to have no regrets. The so-called “Persian Picasso,” Bahman Mohassess’s acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland—praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. Ranging from tender to playful to haunting to grotesque, these unforgettable pieces were as unpredictable as the man himself. A New York Times critic’s pick. In Persian with English subtitles.
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