What is Love?, on 20 Fingers, a Tehran-set film by Mania Akbari, star of Kiarostami's Ten

Dorna Khazeni


As the lights at Arclight's swanky movie theater go up, at the end of Mania Akbari's _20 Fingers_, an Iranian gentleman stands up and begins the Question and Answer session with the following in Farsi: 'Ms Akbari, seeing as you've gone to all this trouble, wouldn't it have been better if instead of a film you'd just made an audio recording of the dialogue? You'd have spared us and not wasted our time or your own on this film.'

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