Chess of the Wind (Shatranj-e baad)

Festival of Films from Iran


Presented by actress Shohreh Aghdashloo
Banned and then lost for decades, Chess of the Wind is one of the most singular works of Iran’s prerevolution New Wave. The film unfolds in an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal consumes the heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently deceased matriarch’s estate.

Shohreh Aghdashloo made her feature-film debut in Chess of the Wind as a sympathetic maidservant, and she discusses the film with the audience after the screening.

Visiting Guidelines Masks are recommended in Museum auditoriums. Advance tickets are also recommended. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here. Doors open 30 minutes before the screening starts. No late entry.

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Generous support is provided by the ILEX Foundation.

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

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Image Retrouvée laboratory (Paris) in collaboration with Mohammad Reza Aslani and Gita Aslani Shahrestani. Restoration funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

Chess of the Wind (Shatranj-e baad)

Directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani
(Iran, 1976, 93 minutes, in Persian with English subtitles)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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