THE OTHER ZOEY – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

I can’t say whether the filmmakers are familiar with 1995’s While You Were Sleeping, and I realize naming that film dates me, but The Other Zoey name-checks several romantic comedies and tropes, and even shows someone weeping over 1999’s Notting Hill. Yet no one here notices how, just like Sleeping’s lonely transit clerk, The Other Zoey’s protagonist keeps up the girlfriend ruse, then feels conflicted when another guy enters the picture. Zoey (Josephine Langford, After Everything) at first doesn’t believe in romantic love, calling it a product of capitalism. She’s a tech-savvy college student pitching a dating app that pairs people based on compatibility.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 7, 2020: A SIMPLE WEDDING

If you were to blend My Big Fat Greek Wedding with The Big Sick — and add a dash of Crazy Rich Asians — you might end up with something close to A Simple Wedding, Sara Zandieh‘s entertaining romcom about a thirtysomething Iranian American woman who wants to find love on her own terms.

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SPOTLIGHT February 2020: Sara Zandieh, Filmmaker, A SIMPLE WEDDING

As Hollywood moves to course correct in wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Iranian-American director Sara Zandieh checks off a lot of requisite boxes, especially the one marked: TALENTED. After changing her career from journalism to writing and directing narrative films, each of her stepping stones has been a milestone.

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A SIMPLE WEDDING – Review by Leslie Combemale

Let’s be honest. There’s really no such thing as a simple wedding. Writer/director Sara Zandieh drives this home in her new rom-com A Simple Wedding, starring the gorgeous and hilarious Tara Grammy. I love seeing films by women that center on women coming from or representing other cultures. It brings me such joy to see an American comedy about an Iranian-American woman, with Iranian co-stars. Even better is having an intergenerational story with three Iranian women, especially when one is learning to balance both American and Iranian cultures in her own life. A Simple Wedding is a wonderful peek into one Iranian family’s experience choosing to live with varying degrees of assimilation while celebrating their own cultural traditions.

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