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An Old-New Film from an Old-New Wave: Mohammad Reza Aslani’s "Chess of the Wind"

An Old-New Film from an Old-New Wave: Mohammad Reza Aslani’s

“I watched a very bad print of my father’s Shatranj-e-Baad [Chess of the Wind] when I was 12 and I remember watching Cries and Whispers. We didn’t have a TV but we had a VHS player,” Iranian filmmaker Amin Aslani told me over Zoom when I asked about his childhood during a conversation on Chess of the Wind (1976), the long-lost feature debut of his father, Mohammed Reza Aslani. “You can imagine what it’s like to be 12 and watching the films without understanding any word, seeing all these scary images. So psychologically, I don't know what happened to us.” Mohammad Reza Aslani and his wife, Soudabeh Fazaeli were poets of the Iranian New Wave, both members of the She'er-e-Digar and Nathr-e-Digar literary movements. “Growing up with parents like them, it's like not living on earth. It was like living on the moon or another planet,” added Gita Aslani Shahrestani,

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