Apr. 13, 2011

Lutkus Film Series Screening to Feature Iranian Comedy

Maxx film

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Babak Elahi, associate professor of English and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will discuss the Iranian comedy "Maxx" April 14 at 7 p.m. in 204 Newton Hall at the State University of New York at Geneseo. The event is part of Geneseo's Alan Lutkus International Film Series, established in 2003, in response to SUNY Geneseo's need for a venue solely dedicated to the screening of alternative films. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film focuses on the title character, Maxx, a nightclub performer, who receives an invitation intended for a prominent conductor to attend a tribute concert in Tehran. "Maxx" was Iran's most popular film of 2005, the year in which it premiered. The film is shown in Persian, with English subtitles, and runs 105 minutes.

Elahi writes on Iranian film and literature and Iranian transnational culture. His work has appeared in the journals "Iranian Studies," "Journal of Advanced Composition," "MELUS," "Arizona Quarterly," "College Literature," "AfterImage" and "Symploke," and is the author of "The Fabric of American Literary Realism," which explores clothing, money, identity and American literature. He is currently at working on a new book, tentatively titled "Iranian Conditions," which explores the metaphor of illness in modern Persian literature and film.

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