Don’t miss the Persian Film Festival’s opening night film The President, a tragically beautiful and unforgettable tale of a dictator who falls and comes face-to-face with the people he previously subjugated.
Ruling his land with an iron fist, the President and his family enjoy lives of luxury and leisure at the expense of the population’s misery. When a coup d’état overthrows his brutal rule and his family flees the country by plane, the President is suddenly left to care for his young grandson and forced to escape. Now the country’s most wanted fugitive with a bounty on his head, the President begins a perilous journey with the boy, crossing the country to reach the sea where a ship waits to bring them to safety. Posing as street musicians and traveling with the people who suffered for years under his dictatorship, the fallen President and the innocent child are exposed first-hand to the hardships that inspired unanimous hatred for the regime.
Inspired by writer/director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s experiences at Darul Aman Palace, Kabul, The President had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival in 2014. This is its Australian premiere.
Date: 3 September 2015, 7pm
Venue: Palace Cinemas, Norton Street, Leichhardt
Cost: $35/ $30