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Chicago PremiereFacets Film Dialogue
THE HUNTER (SHEKARCHI)
Best Film Berlin Intl Film Fest
"Writer-director Rafi Pitts manages an atmosphere of choked, ambiguous dread, somehow naturalistic and hallucinatory at once, that recalls nothing less than Godard's Alphaville" -Slant Magazine
"Pitts gives a striking performance" -New York Post
"The clammy chill that pervades The Hunter...seeps under your skin as you wait for its grim, taciturn protagonist to detonate" -New York Times
"The Hunter is an experience which keeps the viewer disorientated, off balance, unsure how to contextualise anything that appears on screen" -The Guardian
"A lean, disturbing and beautifully photographed thriller" -Salon.com
"Resemble[s] the work of William Friedkin and Walter Hill in its clean, elemental approach to action" -Onion AV Club
½ -Roger Ebert
Recommended! "Spare, stern, beautiful... Pitts' filmmaking is unyielding" -NewCity Chicago
"Pitts expertly guides his God's-lonely-man protagonist through a Kafkaesque Iran full of paranoia and moral pitfalls" -TimeOut Chicago
"That Pitts makes [political references] clear through a minimum of cinematic means confirms his status as a director worth watching" -Chicago Reader
Recently released from prison, Ali (writer-director Rafi Pitts) attempts to make the most of his return to Tehran, as there is considerable political anxiety about the upcoming elections and promises of change. Still, in the first sign that fate will trip him up, he cannot get a job on the day shift as a guard due to his ex-con background, so he is forced to work nights. However, he still tries to spend as much time as he can with his wife and their young daughter, escaping the stress of urban life through hunting trips to the secluded forest north of the city. But one day, Ali's family goes missing, and after a long and frustrating experience with the police, Ali's own search for his missing daughter pushes him over the edge into an act of terrible violence. He flees the city, pursued by the police, and soon the line between hunter and hunted becomes difficult to define.
The Hunter has a very lean narrative which shows the dehumanising connections between the individual and urban space, on the one hand, and the conflict between the individual and the state, on the other. It concentrates on exploring the pressures of life in a time bomb society, represented by the cries of the opposition which penetrate Ali's apartment, while in his car he hears a speech whose promise of change sounds like mockery. As Rafi Pitts, has stated, "Such an urban environment combined with technological progress promotes isolation, which can eventually bring about a kind of madness."
Directed by Rafi Pitts, 2010, Iran/Germany, 92 mins. In Farsi with English subtitles.
A panel discussion will be held after the 3pm screening on Sunday, March 4, moderated by Joe Linstroth of WBEZ's Worldview. Panelists will include Professor Norma Moruzzi of UIC's Center for Women's Studies and Professor Ahmad Sadri of the Gorter Center for World Islamic Studies at Lake Forest College.
Fri., Mar. 2 at 7 & 9 pm
Sat.-Sun., Mar. 3-4 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
Mon.-Tues. & Thurs., Mar. 5-6 & 8 at 7 & 9 pm
Wed., Mar. 7 at 9 pm