Ian McKellen was at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain this week, to collect another gong for his mantlepiece. This time it was the Donostia Award which recognises lifetime achievement rather than a single performance.
The critically acclaimed film “Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats” by Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi was screened out of competition at the festival. It is shot in a documentary style and is about a pair of young musicians searching the city of Teheran for other underground musicians, and trying to talk them into leaving Iran. Said Bahman Gobadi: “This movie has been made to shout loudly that we, the Iranian people, exist. We have many things to say and art to transmit.” The film is released in France this Christmas, in Belgium next January and in Holland fans will have to wait until September 2010. Those deprived of a cinema release are advised to scour the web for a dvd or authorised download however, as this is riveting stuff. For more information about “Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats” see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7LsEJcxJs8 For more information about Jim Jarmusch see: