Restored: The Chess Game of the Wind (شطرنج باد)(1976)

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  • January 9, 2021 | 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre
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Banned after its release and lost for decades, this slow-burning gothic thriller was only recently discovered and restored. Be among the first in the region to witness this rare gem of Iranian cinema. 


Original Title: Shatranj-e Baad / شطرنج باد
Directed by: Mohammad Reza Aslani
Runtime: 93 minutes
Country:  Iran
Language:  Farsi with English subtitles
Rating: PG

Extra reading on the film by the director’s daughter, Gita Aslani Shahrestani and London-based Iranian writer Ehsan Khoshbakht


Saturday, 9 January, 8pm
Sunday, 17 January, 4pm
Friday, 22 January, 8pm 

Please scroll below and select on your preferred date to book your tickets. For any ticketing assistance, please contact us at ticketing@asianfilmarchive.org

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Celebrating the classics of Asian cinema and beyond, Restored is a regular series showcasing Asian films that have been meticulously preserved and restored by different institutions from across the world. The platform revisits these classics in a new light and allows them to be appreciated by new generations of audiences.

A rare gem of Iranian cinema that was believed to be lost  for decades until its recent discovery, The Chess Game of the Wind is a slow-burning thriller about greed, murder and paranoia in an aristocratic family after the death of its matriach. 

Important Notice:

All patrons are encouraged to purchase your tickets online to be able to secure a seat. If you choose to purchase tickets or merchandise at Oldham Theatre’s box office, NETS payment is preferred.

Measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all patrons at Oldham Theatre. This includes wearing a mask at all times for both staff and patrons, temperature taking, TraceTogether logging and observance of social distancing around the theatre. Doors will open 20 minutes before showtime, so ensure you arrive early to register and take your temperature.