Blockage (2017) & Valderrama (2016)

Friday, May 11, 2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.


UCLA Film & Television Archive
(310) 206-8013


Additional Information

Blockage (Iran, 2017) A Tehran city official charged with policing illegal street vendors, Ghasem (Hamed Behdad) shakes them down for bribes instead. Fearing he’ll soon be fired for corruption, Ghasem desperately scrambles to set up another scam using his wife’s inheritance. One bad decision leads to another with the personal stakes getting higher each time in director Mohsen Gharaie’s taut, sharply drawn feature debut. DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 82 min. Director: Mohsen Gharaie. Cast: Hamed Behdad, Baran Kosari, Mohsen Kiaie, Nader Fallah, Giti Ghasemi.

Followed by: Valderrama (Iran, 2016) Valderrama, a name the 15-year-old soccer fan borrowed from his idol, Colombian soccer star, Carlos Valderrama, is without any immediate family or an official ID card. After an incident at the job where he works illegally, Valderrama skips town to Tehran where he falls into an underground economy of illegal street vendors, squatters and drug dealers. Director Abbas Amini plunges us into this fraught world and the plight of other kids like Valderrama without ever resorting to easy sympathy or answers. DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 91 min. Directed by Abbas Amini. Cast: Hamed Alipour, Nafiseh Zare, Gity Ghasemi, Assadolah Monjazi.

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