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HALF MOON

Iran / Iraq / Austria / France, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Jaguar International Panorama)

Director: Bahman Ghobadi

HALF MOON

“Rarely has gritty naturalism and visual poetry been married so stirringly as in Half Moon.” - Toronto Film Festival The fourth feature from venerated Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses, Turtles Can Fly) - inspired by Mozart's Requiem - centres on a musician in the autumn years of his life. Frail yet impassioned, he leads his sons to Iraq for a concert to herald the end of the repression of Kurdish music under Saddam Hussein. “Ghobadi's film is overflowing with beautifully lit, overwhelmingly evocative images, from majestic but barren landscapes to the craggy topography of luckless Kako's face. When the men arrive at a village of exiled Kurdish singers, hundreds of women in brightly-coloured garb drum and sing in unison - the effect is heart-stopping.” - Toronto Film Festival

D/P/S Bahman Ghobadi WS The Match Factory L Kurdish, Farsi w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/114mins

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