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2/29: Gabbeh – LV Cinema Club

2/29: Gabbeh – LV Cinema Club

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Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00pm
Landis Cinema (Buck Hall), Lafayette College
219 N 3rd St, Easton, PA 18042

Gabbeh, dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996, Iran/France, 75 mins, digital

Lehigh Valley Cinema Club and Lafayette College's Department of Film and Media Studies present a screening of Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1996 feature Gabbeh

Tickets: free with registration

A poetic, dreamlike vision from one of Iran's most celebrated filmmakers, Gabbeh portrays the traditionally nomadic Qashqai people of Southern Iran. Makhmalbaf Film House describes the film's narrative: "On the banks of a stream, an old woman and her husband are washing their Gabbeh [a type of traditional Persian rug]. From this carpet comes forth a beautiful young woman—aptly named Gabbeh—who shares her epic tale: she is desperately in love with a mysterious horseman who follows her clan from [behind]. Though her father has agreed to let her marry the man, season after season, the horseman follows Gabbeh—always present, always waiting, howling songs of love after nightfall."

Winner of awards at Tokyo and Singapore International Film Festivals, as well as the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Gabbeh is a visual feast of color and a masterful example of cinematic tableaux. Makhmalbaf effortlessly merges the rural and traditional setting with a visionary cinematic perspective, resulting in an unforgettable and stunningly beautiful work of film art. 

Thanks to Bret Berg (American Genre Film Archive), Drew Swedberg and the faculty and staff of the Department of Film and Media Studies, Lafayette College

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