RADIO DREAMS

Mohsen Namjoo, a folk singer known as "Iran's Bob Dylan," delivers a brilliantly deadpan performance as Hamid Royani, the put-upon program director of a Bay Area Persian-language radio station. A famous writer in exile, Royani is eternally exasperated with the station's mix of provincial programming and inane advertising jingles. It looks like he's managed a coup when Metallica agrees to jam on air with the Afghan rock band Kabul Dreams (playing themselves). But as the famed rockers' appearance suffers delay after delay, tensions boil over in hilarious fashion. Director Babak Jalali's second feature is, according to Neil Young of The Hollywood Reporter, "a nuanced, intelligent and consistently droll take on hot-button subjects of immigration, identity and cultural assimilation" that pokes affectionate fun at life in the Iranian diaspora. And — spoiler alert — at least one member of Metallica does show up! (Note courtesy of Freer|Sackler.) DIR/SCR Babak Jalali; SCR Aida Ahadiany; PROD Marjaneh Moghimi. Iran/U.S., 2016, color, 91 min. In English and Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Babak Jalali
91 Minutes
Comedy
Sunday, January 29, 2017