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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

One. Two. One (Yek. Do. Yek) A film by Mania Akbari. Second Run DVD Release: 22 July 2013

Courtesy of Second Run
One. Two. One (Yek. Do. Yek)
A film by Mania Akbari
Iran, 2011
Release date: 22 July 2013
BARCODE: 5060114150751
RRP: £12.99
BBFC cert: PG
Feature: 79 minutes;
Special feature: 31 minutes
Language: Farsi; Subtitles: English

Mark Cousins writes to Mania Akbari in the DVD’s case booklet: une invitation au voyage. With wine or without, he senses the intensity of Mania’s work. 
I entered One.Two. One as if entering a gallery. A trip from one room to another, a chapter after another. Shyly connected, each chapter works perfectly well independently with its slight panning on long conversational takes.
Ava has had acid thrown on her face. Iran. Nowadays. We follow the evolution of a scar, the visible one and the subtle one. Perhaps a metaphor of the country’s state ... “my mother was very attractive... she wore short skirts... stylish hair. And one day I woke up and she had changed...
When righteously, Cousins takes Akbari on his flying carpet to Sweden, Rome, Iran, Hungary and London (a country in its own right according to Julien temple) to meet fictitiously some local art(ists), I am driven to think of video artworks by Sophie Calle and her bank’s sliding doors or even her fortune teller who leads her up north (higher and higher); Shirin Neshat and her passive-aggressive identity reporting the complexity of male politics; Marina Abramovic and the strength of her physical/mental stamina to materialise the geo-psychological torture she endured; Eija-Liisa Ahtila and her aesthetic relationship towards confusion, guilt as if she was responsible of provoking anger.
Mania Akbari’s One.Two. One crosses life like a passage: we were born alone, “seduce” people and die alone.  A life in cadence:

II) The bank
III) The psychiatrist
IV) Prison’s meeting room
V) Fortune teller
VI) Wagon train
VII) Prison’s meeting room
VIII) The Restaurant
IX) Telecabine
X) Prison’s meeting room
XI) Skin Care Clinic

The final chapter is wordless. The face is covered with thin paper. A wet brush sweeps the face. It reminds me of Steve McQueen’s Hunger when the prison’s detainee sweeps the floor from the corridor’s end to the camera in real time.
Today, an artist is a creature without a homeland, and must therefore think with a global consciousness and language” Mania Akbari.

Presented in a new anamorphic transfer, approved by the director.
• ‘Backstage’: an exclusive short film on the making of One. Two. One, taken from the director’s personal materials.
DVD Special features:
• Booklet featuring ‘A Letter to Mania’, an essay by filmmaker, curator and author Mark Cousins.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• World premiere release on DVD.

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