Best of Venice: Nabat, Because Paradise Lies Beneath a Woman's Feet

September 11, 2014 2:31 PM

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Best of Venice: Nabat, Because Paradise Lies Beneath a Woman's Feet

In his director's statement for Nabat, Azerbaijani filmmaker Elchin Musaoglu wrote "I sincerely feel that if more power were given to mothers, the world would be a better place." His film premiered in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival this past week and stars the legendary Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed Arya, in a powerful, nearly solitary performance. A one-mother show, so to speak.

The story of Nabat is about much more than what we're told on the big screen. It's the story of all mothers, of all women who long for a place, and simply cannot let go of it. While the film deals with one particular woman, a mother who, at the height of the war that engulfed the region when the USS...

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