Unexpected Filiations
The 26th Sundance Film Festival
January 18-28, 2007
by Bérénice Reynaud

…In 2002, Moslem Mansouri's Trial (Mohakeme) documented the super-8 activities of the brick-maker Mantini in his remote Iranian village, who had directed more than 8 films without the permission of the government; surprisingly, one of his main actors was Hoossein Sabzian, whose obsession for cinema had prompted him to impersonate Mohsen Makhmalbaf - an odyssey recreated by Abbas Kiarostami in Close-Up. In 2003,