October 18, 2019

Film: The Patience Stone

The OPC offers members the chance to see the film “The Patience Stone” on Tuesday August 6. The film is about a young Afghani woman who tends to her comatose older husband. The war swirls outside their window and tanks roll in the streets. Fearing for the lives of her two young daughters she takes them to the safety of a relative’s home while she returns daily to care for the unresponsive man. As weeks go by, she begins to give voice to her previously private thoughts, memories and grievances. Her husband becomes her “patience stone” or syngue sabour in Persian lore, absorbing one’s suffering and secrets until it finally shatters.

The filmmaker Atiq Rahimi was born in Afghanistan but became a refugee living in Paris attending the Sorbonne. The Patience Stone, the first novel written by Rahimi, won the 2008 Prix Goncourt, France’s most renowned literary award. He was wary of turning it into a film, but did so when he met Golshifteh Farahani, a superstar Iranian actress who is also in exile in Paris.

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. at the SONY Screening Room 550 Madison Avenue (between 55 and 56th Streets). Check in at the Sky Lobby where you will receive a ticket and then proceed to the 7th floor screening room. RSVP by calling the OPC office 212-626-9220 or e-mail.

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