“Mohsen Makhmalbaf: The Poetic Trilogy”

Three Lyrical Films

Amos Lassen

Mohsen Makhmalbaf is one of the preeminent figures of Iranian cinema. He has written and directed an impressive array of acclaimed films and has been acclaimed at international film festivals and globally admired cinema audiences. This collection brings us three of Makhmalbaf’s most lyrical films. He calls these films his poetic trilogy.

“Gabbeh” is the story of an elderly couple that stops by a stream to wash a vividly woven traditional Persian rug (Gabbeh). Suddenly a beautiful woman, who is depicted in the rug’s elaborate design, appears and shares a heart-rending story of love and loss. The film is filled with the ideas of Sufism.

“The Silence” is about tells of Khorshid, a young blind boy from Tajikistan who earns rent money for his family by tuning rare instruments. He is enchanted and enraptured by the music he hears on his way to work each day.

“The Gardener” is an imaginative documentary that follows Makhmalbaf, and his son Maysam, to Israel to investigate the Bahá’í Faith, a religion with 7 million followers, which originated in Iran 170 years ago. I love this movie and it is very special for me. When I lived in Haifa, Israel my front porch was about up the mountain and three blocks from the Bahai gardens and I would awake every day to quite a beautiful view.

The three films here have been extensively restored and they are beautiful to watch. If that is not enough there are many bonus extras here:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all three films
  • Original Persian soundtracks with uncompressed LPCM audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Audio commentary on Gabbeh by critic Godfrey Cheshire
  • Poetry in Motion: An Interview with Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an in-depth conversation between the Iranian auteur and film critic Jonathan Romney, newly produced for this edition
  • Mohsen with Closed Eyes, an imaginatively filmed archival interview with Makhmalbaf on The Silence
  • Original trailers
  • Stills and collections gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet featuring new writing by film academic Negar Mottahedeh and Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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