Thursday, January 24, 2019
8:00 pm–10:00 pm
Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium (Auditorium G36)
Ticket Required

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran, 2017, 117 min.). Digital. Persian with English subtitles.

Filmed in secret in rural northern Iran by Mohammad Rasoulof (Iron Island, Manuscripts Don’t Burn) while an as-yet unexecuted prison sentence hung over his head, this biting critique of contemporary Iranian culture can be summed up by one character’s pessimistic line: “in this country you’re either the oppressed or the oppressor.” Its title character, Reza (Reza Akhlaghirad), is a Tehrani who moves to the country in order to live a peaceful, principled life running a goldfish farm, only to find himself in a corrupt town run by a corrupt and mysterious company that has designs on his property.

Synopsis courtesy of the Freer|Sackler at the Smithsonian Institution.

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With English subtitles

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies


Purchase tickets to three or more regularly priced films at once and get $3 off each ticket. Discount automatically applies at checkout. This discount is not applicable on past purchases. All tickets must be purchased at the same time within the same order for discount to apply.

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