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BORDER CAFE (Café Transit)

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BORDER CAFE (Café Transit)

Director: Kambozia Partovi
Iran   |   2005   |   105 minutes
Farsi, Greek, Turkish and Russian with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Irans official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

Synopsis In a village near Iran's border with Turkey, Reyhan, a young woman with two children, faces a difficult choice when her husband dies.Instead of agreeing to marry her brother-in-law, as required by traditional law, she chooses to support her family by re-opening her late husband's restaurant. Kambozia Partovia represents Reyhan's struggle for self-sufficiency in a rigidly traditional environment as all too real, and is continuously pressured to move into her brother-in-law's home and become his second wife.

About the Director Kambozia Partovi was born in the province of Gilan, Iran, and studied dramatic arts at Tehran University. His early work included creating the children’s television program "The Green Frog." He filmed "The Fish" in war-torn Tehran in 1987. He has worked as a screenwriter on Circle (2000) and Earth and Ashes (2004). Partovi’s films include Golnar (1989), Adults’ Game (1992), and Naneh lala (1997). Border Café (2005) won the Best Screenplay and Best Actress Award at the Fajr International Film Festival in Iran.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2006 film series.




Global Lens 2006 trailer
CAST

Reyhan - Fereshteh Sarde Orfaei
Naser - Parviz Parastoei
Zakario - Nicolas Papadopoulos
Zvieta - Estobeta Mikhailishnia

CREW

Director - Kambozia Partovi
Producer - Amir Samavati, Behrooz Haeshemiam, Setareh Farsi
Screenwriter - Kambozia Partovi
Cinematographer - Mohammed Reza Sokout
Editor - Jafar Panahi, Jacques Witta
Production Designer - Hassan Farsi
Music - Parviz Abnar
REVIEWS

"One of the most enjoyable and original films to come out of Iran in recent years." - UCLA Center for near Eastern Studies

"Partovi has become perhaps Iran's most impressive screenwriting voice, successfully dramatizing a woman's dilemmas." - Variety

"A memorable portrait of one woman in Iran." - Boston Globe

"A powerful story. Partovi displays a great sensitivity and care for his characters." -Cinema Without Borders

"Follows in the footsteps of 'Big Night', 'Tampopo' and other excellent movies made particularly memorable for their integration of food in the story." -Cinema Du Parc (Canada)

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2006
FIPRESCI Prize, DHAKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2005
Best Screenplay; Best Actress, FAJR FILM FESTIVAL
Cannes Market Screenings, CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
RIO DE JANEIRO FILM FESTIVAL
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
REYKJAVIK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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