Los Angeles Film Festival 2007
Comedy and tragedy are deftly juggled in Bahman Ghobadi’s stirring tribute to the long-suppressed cultural traditions of Kurdistan. A legendary Iranian-Kurdish musician (Ismail Ghaffari) assembles his many instrument-wielding sons — as well as a mysterious female singer — for a dangerous road trip into Iraq where they have been invited to play a concert celebrating the fall of Saddam Hussein. Shot on location against the harshly beautiful landscapes of the Iran-Iraq border, Ghobadi’s life-affirming film, inspired by the Requiem, mixes political critique with side-splitting farce and inflects neorealistic style with visionary flourishes.
Austria, France, Iran, Iraq, 113 min
In Kurdish and Persian with English subtitles
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Writer: Bahman Ghobadi
Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
Cinematographers: Nigel Bluck, Crighton Bone
Editor: Heyedeh Safiyari
Music: Hossein Alizadeh
Cast: Ismail Ghaffari, Allah Morad Rashtiani, Hedieh Tehrani, Golshifteh Farahani, Hassan Poorshirazi
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