WARDEN, THE (2019)
Nima Javidi drew much-deserved praise for his first feature, the chamber drama MELBOURNE. His second film ups the ante in scale, scope and ambition without sacrificing the tension and suspense that made his 2014 debut so memorable. On the day that a prison is being emptied so it can be demolished to make way for an airport expansion project, its vain, authoritarian warden (up-and-coming star Navid Mohammadzadeh) discovers a prisoner is missing. With time running out, the warden struggles to find the fugitive before his superiors discover his mistake. DIR/SCR Nima Javidi; PROD Majid Motalebi. Iran, 2019, color, 100 min. In Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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