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Life May Be

Life May Be
  • 2014
  • UK/Iran
  • 85 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mania Akbari, Mark Cousins
  • Written by: Mania Akbari/Mark Cousins
  • Cast: Mania Akbari, Mark Cousins

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A heartfelt meditation on art and identity.

Two filmmakers carry on a correspondence in the form of essayistic films in which they consider some themes that are at the core of their personal and artistic lives: exile, the body, representation. As each filmed letter responds and spirals off from the previous one, the film becomes increasingly fervent and complex, interrogating the artistic process and identity itself. A free and bold film that unites two EIFF veterans: Mania Akbari (From Tehran to London, EIFF 2013) and Mark Cousins (A Story of Children and Film, EIFF 2013).

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: Mark Cousins and Mania Akbari's Life May Be takes inspiration from 19th Century letter novels

10 Jun 2014

EIFF 2014 features two strands dedicated to Iranian cinema

How would you describe Life May Be? Mark: The film is an old-fashioned letter piece – like Les Liaisons Dangereuses or Pamela by Samuel Richardson, radically updated to the digital age and with modern themes – Iran, exiles, nudity, etc. Mania: It’s a…

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