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About Elly
March 2017

Visually, About Elly is on a different level than the other films by Farhadi I’ve seen. He uses space like a master.

- David Edelstein, Vulture

About Elly
March 2017

A drama that takes on the urgency of a thriller as key pieces of information come to light.

- A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club

About Elly
March 2017

About Elly is gorgeous to look at. The ever-changing sky and sea lend it a moodiness so palpable that the climate itself seems a major character dictating the course of events.

- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

About Elly

About Elly

Date: March 12, 2017

Location: UICA


About Elly (Persian: درباره الی‎‎, translit. Darbareye Elly) is a 2009 Iranian psychological drama film directed by Asghar Farhadi. It is the fourth film by Farhadi. The film is about the relationships between some middle class families in Iran. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival. 

This program is free and open to the public and begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 12 in the UICA theater, with the short film Hold On ( 4:54 min.) followed by the feature film. 

A panel discussion with a film scholar and history/cultural representative takes place after the film viewing, followed by a reception with complimentary food and beverages reflecting the regional cuisine of the film's origin.

Panel Discussion for About Elly

Moderator: Spencer Everhart

Panelist(s): Carl Plantinga

 

More about Chiaroscuro's 11th Season:

2017 Series Theme: Journeys

Using a variety of narrative, cinematic, and thematic devices, each film explores the idea of the journey – external, internal, metaphorical, or otherwise. The 2017 Series presents an award-winning roster of five celebrated films from around the world.


Reviews

Visually, About Elly is on a different level than the other films by Farhadi I’ve seen. He uses space like a master.

- David Edelstein, Vulture

A drama that takes on the urgency of a thriller as key pieces of information come to light.

- A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club

About Elly is gorgeous to look at. The ever-changing sky and sea lend it a moodiness so palpable that the climate itself seems a major character dictating the course of events.

- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

About Elly Official Trailer

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Calvin College
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