“Radio Dreams” is the second Iranian film that we’ve shown this year. (It may well be the second Iranian film that we’ve ever shown. Earlier this year, we screened “The Salesman”, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture.)
Iran has a vibrant and extensive film history and culture. “Radio Dreams is about an Iranian expat in San Francisco, although it is not your typical emigre film.
Wiinner of the 45th Rotterdam International Film Festival’s Tiger Award, Radio Dreams is the newest feature film from Iranian-British director Babak Jalali (FRONTIER BLUES).
The film creates the strange yet very real world of PARS-FM – a Farsi-language radio station broadcasting from the heart of San Francisco. The story unfolds over a single day as the station’s program manager, Hamid – a brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer (played by the “Iranian Bob Dylan” Mohsen Namjoo) – prepares for a triumphant broadcast – a live performance pairing Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan’s first rock band. Meanwhile, Hamid must juggle a dysfunctional mix of on-air talent, station managers, and performers while fending off the owner’s plans to wrest control of the station.
With gentle humor and a deadpan eye towards cultural differences, RADIO DREAMS brings to life the sometimes bizarre experience of immigrants pursuing dreams in the U.S. A perfect mixture of honesty, art, and socio-political topicality served up as an ingenious, offbeat transmission.
Playing: Sat., July 1, Sun, July 2, Thurs, July 6 and Fri, July 7. 7:30 pm. Box Office opens at 7 pm.