Marooned in Iraq

An elderly Iranian Kurdish man, along with his two musician sons, crosses into Iraq during Saddam’s destruction of the Kurds in the wake of the Iran-Iraq war, in search of the woman who abandoned him years ago. Odd, frantic mix of low comedy and blistering tragedy sometimes suffers from overt symbolism, but director Bahman Ghobadi’s love for his characters is authentic and powerful. In Kurdish, with English subtitles. (1 hr. 37 mins.; NR) — BILGE EBIRI

Opens April 25

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Spotlight: Director Bahman Ghobadi
“The media shows the two or three hundred thousand people who live by the gun. I make films to show how the rest of us live,” says Bahman Ghobadi, the Kurdish director of Marooned in Iraq, a surreal, darkly comic, and altogether timely road movie about a musician searching for his ex-wife in the chaos after the Iran-Iraq war. Ghobadi, an Iranian Kurd whose A Time for Drunken Horses won Best First Film at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, is taking it upon himself to raise consciousness about the plight of the Kurds. “I want to make that my mission,” says the 33-year-old. “I only wonder if I’m going to live long enough to tell all the stories I see.”


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