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One. Two. One. in July

Second Run have announced the world premiere DVD release of One. Two. One by the award-winning Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari on July 22nd. From the press release…

Mania Akbari, star of Abbas Kiarostami’s Ten, is one of Iran’s most distinctive filmmakers. One. Two. One is her latest and most confrontational work and its ban led to her exile from Iran.

Composed of rhythmically structured and meticulously choreographed scenes, the film presents a series of conversations related to a woman named Ava whose face has been disfigured in an acid attack. Truths emerge in close-up and a narrative of love, loss and renewal unfolds.

Transgressive and deeply critical of a society where women are considered inferior to men, Akbari also questions the weight placed on beauty in evaluating a woman’s place in Iranian society. Her protagonist Ava also functions as a metaphor for the scars her country bears, making this deceptively modest film rich in courage and ideas.

DVD special features:

• Presented in a new anamorphic transfer, approved by the director.
• ‘Backstage’: an exclusive short film on the making of One. Two. One, taken from the director’s personal materials.
• Booklet featuring ‘A Letter to Mania’, an essay by filmmaker, curator and author Mark Cousins.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.

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