The Drexel Theatre Blog

Circumstance, Revenge of The Electric Car

November 09, 2011

In vibrant, contemporary Tehran, Iran, two beautiful teenage girls struggle to find their personal freedom. Atafeh (Nicohl Boosheri) and her friend Shireen (Sarah Kazemy) are full of youthful exuberance and a healthy streak of rebellion as they frequent the underground, banned culture of nightclubs and parties. Their friendship deepens and they fall into a forbidden love affair, further driving a wedge between their public and private selves. When Atafeh’s brother Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai) returns home from drug rehab, he has become a devout Muslin and member of the moral police. Suddenly, the two siblings are entangled in a triangle of suspense, surveillance, and betrayal as the once liberal and safe haven of the family home becomes a place of danger.

Writer-director Maryam Keshavarz won the 2011 Sundance Audience Award for her Beirut-shot, US-produced first feature Circumstance, which examines female repression in an Islamic culture from the inside out. The story is based on Keshaverz’s own experiences growing up it Tehran, and presents a fascinating look at a “dissident” Iran rarely seen by outsiders. Beautifully photographed and saturated with a sensual visual style, Circumstance marks the arrival of an exciting and original new talent.

Starts Friday for a limited engagement, rated R, 109 minutes.

Read G. Alan Johnson’s San Francisco Chronicle review here.

Revenge of the Electric Car

Screenings, Panel Discussion and “Electric Car Block Party”

Check out the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf, the Weego, a GM EV1, the Buckeye Bullet, and more electric vehicles at the opening of Revenge of the Electric Car on Friday, November 18, at the Drexel. The new film by director Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car) is about the dramatic resurgence of the electric car around the world and the men who are leading its rebirth. From a backyard mechanic converting classic Porches to deep inside the closed doors of Silicon Valley’s Tesla Motors and two of the world’s largest car makers (Nissan and General Motors), Revenge of the Electric Car tracks the electrifying race to challenge the age of gasoline.

Join us on opening night as we roll out the green carpet for the Columbus premiere of Revenge of the Electric Car at 7pm followed by a panel discussion on the future of electric cars in Ohio. Come as early as 6pm, stay late, and mingle with others at our “Electric Car Block Party” showcasing the largest collection of electric vehicles Columbus has ever seen.

If you own an electric car, bring it to the event. We will have reserved parking for EV’s at the theatre. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to reserve a parking space and be part of the fun!

Tickets are on sale now at on our website or by calling the Drexel box office at (614) 231-1050 during theatre hours.

Special thanks to the OSU Center for Automotive Research for their support and cooperation in helping make this event possible.

Watch the film’s trailer here and visit the official website here.

See You at the Movies,

Jeff Frank, Drexel Theatre

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