Director: Marzieh Meshkini, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
A directorial collaboration between prolific writer/filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar) and his wife, Marziyeh Meshkini (Stray Dogs).
1992. Somewhere in the former Soviet Union. A man enters a lowlife bar. He sits and observes, not speaking.
Gradually, the silent presence of this stranger begins to disturb the other customers - thieves, prostitutes, lunatics and two very young children, a brother and sister selling pistachio nuts. When the bar closes, the man walks out into the freezing night towards a shocking revelation.
Wrestling with issues that plague the former Soviet Bloc nations, Makhmalbaf continues the pointed political commentary that saw him jailed as an activist, and made him one of the strongest cultural voices to emerge from Iran.
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