Border Café (Café Transit)

June 2-3 2006, 7:30PM

2005, Iran/France)
Directed by Kambozia Partovi


A winner at last year's Fajr Film Festival, Kambozia Partovi's engaging and well-crafted film is a portrait of a young widow who takes over her husband's run-down roadside café on the Iranian/Turkish border. With two young children to support, the soft-spoken but strong-willed Reyhan sets about fixing the place up, and soon the small café and Reyhan's excellent cooking attract a bevy of loyal customers (including an amorous Greek trucker). Meanwhile, Reyhan's meddling brother-in-law Nasser desires Reyhan for himself and will stop at nothing to shut the place down. Like BAGHDAD CAFÉ transported to an Iranian border town, BORDER CAFÉ features vibrant performances and delightful characters, making it one of the most enjoyable and original films to come out of Iran in recent years.

Producer: Amir Samavati, Behrooz Hashemian. Screenwriter: Kambozia Partovi, Setareh Farsi. Cinematographer: Mohammed Reza Sokout. Editor: Jafar Panahi, Jacques Witta. Cast: Fereshtei Sadre Orafei, Parviz Parastoei, Nikolas Padapopoulos, Svieta Mikalishina. Presented in Farsi dialogue with English subtitles. 35mm, 105 min.

VENUE: All programs screen at the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall, located on the northeast corner of the UCLA Westwood campus, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue.

TICKETS: Advance tickets for films screening at UCLA are available for $8 at

Tickets are also available at the theater one hour before showtime: $7 general admission; $5 students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

PARKING: There is free parking on Loring Ave. after 6pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Parking is also available adjacent to the James Bridges Theater in Lot 3 for $8. (The Archive has made the following arrangement for its patrons: Archive patrons can purchase a parking permit for $5 to be used for future visits to the James Bridges Theater for a screening. This represents a $3 savings over the usual price of $8. Further info: / 310.206.8013.)

INFO: / 310.206.FILM.


Listen to a woman's review of the movie (June 2, 2006)

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