Venue: The British Council, Jalan Bukit Aman, KL
Time: 8 pm
Please note that because of administrative reasons, screening days have been changed to
Mon 18 Oct
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran-France, 1996, 75 min, col.
Gabbeh is a distinctive kind of Persian carpet whose patterns are always creatively original, inspired by life, love and the landscape. Considered to be Makhmalbaf's best work to date, this film weaves together the process of carpetmaking with a fabulous tale of the meaning of life and art through the love story of a young girl named Gabbeh. This film provides an exultantly lyrical vision of nomadic life in southeastern Iran, unfolding images so startling and beautiful that it will keep viewers rapt.
Mon 25 Oct
The Naked Lunch
David Cronenberg; Canada-UK, 1991, 115 min, col.
Cronenberg brings William Burroughs' supposedly unfilmable cult novel to the screen by fleshing out the fictional plot with details from the junkie author's life. Bill Lee (Burroughs' alter ego, played by Peter Weller) is an aspiring writer and bug exterminator who, after the disappearance of his wife (Judy Davis), takes off on a drug-laced odyssey to a decadent, nightmare world run by bureaucrats. There, Lee's grasp of reality disintegrates, and he will eventually find salvation by writing a novel. 'This dark distillation of the novel's themes gets closer to its essence than any straight adaptation could hope to do' (Time Out). With Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider.