Black market, white meat and greenbacks

CRITICAL – After Panahi, Rassoulof or Farhadi, director Abbas Amini confirms the vitality and quality of Iranian cinema.

The most exciting cinema of the moment arrives from Tehran. Si Jafar Panahi (Tehran Taxi ), Mohammad Rasoulof (The devil does not exist ) and Asghar Farhadi (A separation), three gold bear winners at the Berlinale, have put the Iranian capital in the spotlight for several years now, the succession is assured.

Behind these anxious moralists grows a new generation of filmmakers who adhere to film noir, an ideal genre for exposing the hypocrisies and turpitudes of a society.

After Saeed Roustayi and his formidable Tehran Law , grand prize of the Reims Polar festival, Abbas Amini, author of Black market, awarded the jury prize in Champagne, confirms this vitality.

Frozen by accident

Black market opens with crossfades on butcher’s fangs and meat carcasses. In this still life à la Soutine, three corpses litter the floor of a cold room. Abed, the slaughterhouse guard, takes his son Amir on board to “clean” the premises, under the uncompassionate gaze of his boss, Motevalli …

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