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en years ago at the Sundance it was and wanting to do it again.” Film Festival, a new voice in Then in college, Bahrani says he was American cinema was announced. guided by many key movies that helped The voice was not loud, but it was shape the way he looked through the lens clear, and it belonged to the and into the world. Stanley Kubrick’s films 29-year-old Ramin Bahrani. taught him “imagination and intellect”; Bahrani’s feature debut, Man Push Cart, is Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue, “to be a calm and contemplative study of a Pakistani philosophical”; Michelangelo Antonioni’s immigrant making his way in New York City L’Avventura, to be “inner and social”; Abbas as a pushcart vendor. The movie wasn’t a Kiarostami’s Where is the Friend’s Home? “to smash hit, but it attracted enough attention be simple”; and Martin Scorsese’s Mean for Bahrani to continue making his own Streets, “to make personal films.” unique brand of movies: Chop Shop (2007), These few examples serve as a bibliogGoodbye Solo (2009), At Any Price (2012) and raphy to Bahrani’s work, and place his the soon-to-be-released 99 Homes, which movies in context. Referencing Kubrick played this year’s Sundance. and Antonioni immediately brings to mind Bahrani is more than just a filmmaker, he Bahrani’s use of meticulous composition. Ramin Bahrani visits the also teaches film directing at Columbia His movies have style, but not the kind International Film Series on Feb. University’s graduate program in New York that suffocates moments of spontaneity or 3 along with his short films and Man Push Cart. City. And he will be on hand Feb. 3 at the performance, which are where his movies International Film Series, his visit sponare the most moving. Bahrani works sored by Conference on World Affairs closely with his actors (often times Athenaeum and Roser Visiting Artist non-professionals) in real locations ON THE BILL: Ramin Bahrani Program. He’ll be here to share his knowlmodeled after real situations, drawing at IFS. 7:30 p.m. Muenzinger Auditorium, 1905 Colorado Ave., edge in conjunction with a screening of out qualities that are intrinsically Boulder. Attendance is free, but his short films and Chop Shop. If you have human. RSVPs are recommended at interany interest in movies or a desire to make “Location adds life and forces nationalfilmseries.com them yourself, then this is not an event to improvisation. It also adds specificity miss. and detail. But only if you open yourself Bahrani’s career in movies began like to location and its mysteries,” Bahrani most do, in that impressionable age between high school says. “It’s one of the keys for me. I don’t like to shoot a senior and a college freshman. scene if the location doesn’t speak to me and I spend a lot “I decided to try and become a filmmaker instead of a novof time searching for locations and rewriting the script elist,” Bahrani says. “I think the decision was made after makaccordingly.” Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com ing my first short film [Backgammon, 1998], realizing how hard Boulder Weekly

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