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The Stranger and the Fog

(Gharibeh va meh, Bahram Beyzaie, 1974)

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A group of people, some of whom are wearing head coverings. A woman in front is wearing all black with a head and face covering and her arms crossed.

Next to impossible to see for years, The Stranger and the Fog remains a haunting critique of Iranian society in the 1970s.

Long considered an impossible-to-see “holy grail” of Iranian cinema, the dreamlike The Stranger and the Fog begins when Ayat washes up in a boat on the shore of a small village, wounded and unconscious. With little memory of his past and fears his assailants will return, he falls in love with a young widow, causing tension with the family of her deceased husband. They settle down and enjoy a period of relative peace—until more strangers arrive from the sea in search of Ayat, putting the village in peril. Both otherworldly and visceral, The Stranger and the Fog was banned in Iran after the 1979 revolution. In Farsi with English subtitles. (140 mins., 4K DCP)

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The Stranger and the Fog, courtesy of Janus Films.

"Beyzaie builds a world outside of time, with its own folk rituals and iconography, at once thrillingly alien and vividly tactile."
Imogen Sarah Smith, Film Comment

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Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

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