Skip to main content

HAFEZ

Iran / Japan, 2007 (MIFF 2008, International Panorama)

Director: Abolfazl Jalili

HAFEZ

“There is no melody more beautiful and eternal than the melody of love” - Persian Poet Hafez

After memorising the Koran and passing his exams, scholar Shams al-Din is elevated to the rank of ‘Hafez' - so named after the 700-year-old Persian poet. He is asked to pass on his knowledge to Nabat, the daughter of the great Mufti, but tradition dictates that they must not see each other. Teaching her from a separate room, Hafez soon falls in love with Nabat's voice and steals a fleeting glimpse of his beautiful pupil; his love for her is pure, but his transgression brings harsh consequences. A poetic tale of star-crossed lovers, the latest film from Abolfazl Jalili (Delbaran, MIFF 2002) walks a balance between age-old traditions and contemporary beliefs.

D/S Abolfazl Jalili P Yuji Sadai, Abolfazl Jalili WS Bitters End L Persian, Arabic w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/98mins

See also...

DELBARAN

Opening this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abolfazl Jalili's latest film (supported through the Hubert Bals Fund for innovative talent in developing ... More »

AFTER LIFE

Hirokazu Kore-eda has two previous MIFF hits under his belt and once again proves his irrepressible talent. After Life is set in a purgatory or limbo which looks an awful lot like an old brick school ... More »

THE CIRCLE

In this shocking, politically courageous look at the other' Iran, the plight of women is wilfully, sometimes furiously forced into plain sight. Director Jafar Panahi's narrative delicately drifts ... More »

MAROONED IN IRAQ

During the Iran-Iraq war an old Kurdish singer, Mizra, receives word that his estranged wife, Hanareh, is in trouble.Tricking his two sons into joining him, Mizra sets off to Iraq in search of the ... More »

THE MIRROR

Jafar Panahi has once again utilised the services of youthful Mina Mohammed Khani, the utterly charming young thesp whose talents made The White Balloon the most popular feature of MIFF 1996. His ... More »

MODEST RECEPTION

"Starts as a top-notch black comedy, and segues into something darker still and very serious, without ever missing a beat." - FilmInk ... Filmmaker Mani Haghighi (Men At Work, MIFF 07) fills the ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director