Films By Bahman Ghobadi

Like the horses forced to travel the mountain in an involuntary state of intoxication, the children of this film have no recourse but to follow those who promise salvation. High in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan, five orphaned siblings struggle to fend for themselves-matters made worse by the serious illness of Madi. His siblings look after him as best they can but there is not enough to feed ... Read more
A programme of short films curated exclusively for MIFF by Bahman Ghobadi complements the Homelands Now spotlight. It is an eclectic selection from one of the least-known filmmaking cultures in the world. These shorts are not only diverse and stylistically adventurous, but provide a rare glimpse into Kurdish life in the Middle East. ... --- ... D as indicated WS Mij Films L Kurdish w/English subti... Read more
A programme of short films curated exclusively for MIFF by Bahman Ghobadi complements the \"Homelands Now\" spotlight. It is an eclectic selection from one of the least-known filmmaking cultures in the world. These shorts are not only diverse and stylistically adventurous, but provide a rare glimpse into Kurdish life in the Middle East. ... --- ... D as indicated WS Mij Films L Kurdish w/English s... Read more
A programme of short films curated exclusively for MIFF by Bahman Ghobadi complements the Homelands Now spotlight. It is an eclectic selection from one of the least-known filmmaking cultures in the world. These shorts are not only diverse and stylistically adventurous, but provide a rare glimpse into Kurdish life in the Middle East. ... --- ... D as indicated WS Mij Films L Kurdish w/English subti... Read more
“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... Read more
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 woman who abandoned him 23 years ago for his best friend. As they journey on, the two brothers discover their own quests; Odeh, who has seven wives and 13 daughters, but no son, searches for another wife... Read more
“A fast, funny and heartfelt celebration of one of Iran's most marginalised minorities: rock musicians.” - The National ... Filmed illegally in the Iranian city of Tehran, No One Knows About Persian Cats ventures into the underground world of Iran's illicit music scene. Lurking on the margins of the city are rappers, metal bands and indie rockers - all playing music banned under Iranian law, but f... Read more
"A tragic love story, a fierce indictment against the Islamist regime in Tehran … a lyrical elegy replete with symbolical visions." - Screen Daily ... A poet during the reign of the Shah is imprisoned as part of Iran's destructive Islamic revolution due to the petty jealousies of a driver who desires his beautiful and utterly devoted wife (Monica Bellucci, in a delicately subdued performance). Rel... Read more
The remarkable and deeply moving [Turtles Can Fly] puts director Bahman Ghobadi ([A Time for Drunken Horses]) firmly into the ranks of the world's finest filmmakers. Telling the story of four children trying to negotiate the volatile landscape of the Iraqi-Kurdish border region, its humanity, beauty and tragedy have made it an unforgettable cinema experience for critics and audiences around the wo... Read more
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