This political spoof is a hilarious takedown of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a religious hard-liner who ruled for eight years before running afoul of the country's top clergy. Kamal Tabrizi's film portrays Ahmadinejad as a malapropism-prone buffoon. He lucks into office by accidentally saving hundreds of people from a bomb at a rock concert, and he remains in power only as long as his handlers deem him useful. Famous for his 2004 film THE LIZARD, which shocked Iranian audiences with its story of a phony cleric who turns out to be great at the job, Tabrizi proves with SLY that he is a master at courting controversy through comedy. (Note courtesy of the Freer|Sackler.) DIR Kamal Tabrizi; SCR Aidin Sayar Sarie; PROD Javad Norouzbeigi. Iran, 2018, color, 90 min. In Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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