Salaam Cinema / Hello Cinema (1995) DVD5
Trickster Makhmalbaf placed an advertisement for 100 actors and actresses to audition for his new film. Thousands of people heeded his "cattle call" -- precipitating the rather alarming riot which opens Salaam Cinema. Makhmalbaf then proceeded to film the "auditions" of dozens of these hopefuls, many of whom are convinced that they bear an uncanny resemblance to Paul Newman or Marilyn Monroe, or that their obvious abundance of talent will soon have them jetting off to Cannes. These supposed "screen tests" became the stuff of Makhmalbaf's frequently edgy film, with the director often badgering, hectoring and provoking his aspiring actors, insisting that they cry on demand or leave, asking them to sing a song or mime a melodramatic death, or simply getting them to talk about their lives. The results are sometimes charming, sometimes cruel, but always absolutely fascinating.

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:10:50 | 4.29 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Persian
Subtitles: English, Chinese, Francais
Genre: Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Country: Iran

-- Two short films
-- Trailers

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