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MOURNING (Soog)

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MOURNING (Soog)

Director: Morteza Farshbaf
Iran   |   2011   |   85 minutes
Persian, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis From a black screen, a man and a woman are heard arguing and hurrying away from a house. Afterward, the screen radiates brilliant green countryside, traversed by a small black car. Subtitles relay a conversation by another man and woman, but now we hear no voices. Kamran and Sharareh, a deaf couple, are driving Sharareh’s young nephew, Arshia, back home to Tehran. Something terrible has happened. But the couple keep the news from Arshia, debating his future in a language not as private as they believe, and turning a car trip into a subtly humorous and deeply compassionate meditation on communication and emotional disability.


About the Director Morteza Farshbaf was born in Gonbad-e Qabus, Iran in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the University of Art in Tehran and has been working as a director, writer, editor and cinematographer since the age of 18. He has directed five short films (Halloween, The Carpet, Taxi, Flakey and The Wind Blows Wherever it Wants) and has also worked with acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Mourning is his first feature film.


Available Screening Formats DVD, Digibeta.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2012 film series.



CAST

Sharareh - Sharareh Pasha
Kamran - Kiomars Giti
Arshia - Amir Hossein Maleki
Nahid - Sahar Dolatshahi
Mas’ood - Peyman Moaadi
Taxi Driver - Adel Yaraghi

CREW

Director - Morteza Farshbaf
Writers - Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Morteza Farshbaf
Executive Producer - Behnaz Beski
Producer - Javad Noruzbeigi
Cinematography - Hamid Reza Ahmadi Ara
Editor - Hesam Eslami
Sound - Vahid Moghadasi, Alireza Alavian
REVIEWS

“The great success of Mourning is how deliberately and convincingly it expands, taking a simple story and opening it up to nuance and complexity, allowing the audience to enter into the world of the film where there are no easy answers.” – Film Capsule

“Farshbaf fashions a consistently surprising and blackly comic road trip that may herald the arrival of a major new Iranian talent.” – Institute of Contemporary Arts

“A very confident attempt to create a new film language that is disturbing at times and heart-warming from moment to moment…the movie set a new standard of cinematic poetry.” – Manshih Yofan, Head of New Currents Jury, Busan International Film Festival (via Asia News Network)

"With the simplest of gestures Farshbaf not only crafts a touching scene of two people lost in translation, but also a winning blend of physical and written comedy; it’s perfectly judged." – Flickfeast

"Vivid use of landscape and naturalistic perfs from non-professional actors elevate this modestly engaging tale, likely to be categorized as Kiarostami Lite." – Variety

"While the premise of the story might be unique, the issues of communication between Sharareh, Kamran and their nephew Arshia are very much universal, just as the emotions behind their state of mourning." – Wort.lu

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

In Competition, BFI London Film Festival
New Currents Award. Busan International Film Festival
Nominated for Best Asian-Middle Eastern Film Award. Tokyo International Film Festival
Eastern Film Award, Tokyo International Film Festival
FIPRESCI Prize, Montreal World Film Festival
Official Selection, JAMESON DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


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