At the Hammer, one of the strongest biennials; at the Fowler, the most beautiful sculpture show in recent memory; and at LACMA, Iranian superheroes.
Two directors in the running for the film festival’s top prize, Kirill S. Serebrennikov of Russia and Jafar Panahi of Iran, are barred from travel by their governments.
Forced to adapt or fizzle out, the country’s propaganda machine has embraced the latest trends and technologies to appeal to the sensibilities of young Iranians. Watch some of the most popular.
Asghar Farhadi, whose film “The Salesman” is vying for a best foreign-language film Academy Award, may not be able to enter the United States for the Feb. 26 ceremony.
Taraneh Alidoosti of “The Salesman,” which is up for best foreign-language film, says, ‘It hurts me deeply to see ordinary people of my country being rejected.”
Though the list is heavily European, Iran, Canada and Australia also made the cut.
Associated with the Iranian New Wave of the late 1960s, Mr. Kiarostami was known for his parablelike dramas of ordinary people.