Directed by Kamal Tabrizi (Iran, 2018, 90 min.). Digital. Persian with English subtitles.
This political spoof is a hilarious take-down of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a religious hardliner who ruled for eight years until running afoul of the country’s top clergy. Kamal Tabrizi’s film portrays him as a malapropism-prone buffoon who lucks into office when he quite accidentally saves hundreds of people from a bomb blast at a rock concert, and remains in power only as long as his more intelligent handlers deem him useful. Famous for his 2004 film The Lizard, which shocked Iranian audiences with a story of a thief who disguises himself as a cleric and turns out to be great at the job, Tabrizi proves with Sly that he is a master at courting controversy through comedy.
Synopsis courtesy of the Freer|Sackler at the Smithsonian Institution.
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