Chess of the Wind (Shatranj-e Baad)

Festival of Films from Iran

Chess of the Wind (Shatranj-e Baad)
Directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani
(Iran, 1976, Digital Restoration, in Farsi with English subtitles)

Recently rediscovered and restored, this jewel of Iranian cinema is a hypnotically stylized murder mystery. The film unfolds in a candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares the heirs to a family fortune. Chess of the Wind takes its place as one of the most astonishing works of Iran’s pre-revolution New Wave, and features the screen debut of future Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog).

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Generous funding is provided by the ILEX Foundation.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Franci Neely; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; and L’Alliance Française de Houston.

Special thanks to community partners Society of Iranian American Women for Education; and Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston.

Chess of the Wind (Shatranj-e Baad)

Directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani
(Iran, 1976, 93 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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