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Director
Bahman Ghobadi

Filmography
1989 From Another Point of View (short animation)
1990 Just a Glance (short doc)
1990 Golbaji (short)
1991 Sartarash Khane/Barbershop (short)
1991 Pantol (short doc)
1993 M. Hosseini conscript (short)
1995 Again Rain with the Melody (short)
1995 That Man Came Along (short)
1996 Dang (short doc)
1996 God’s Fish (short)
1996 Like Mother (short)
1996 Notebook’s Quota (short)
1996 Party (short)
1997 Zendegi dar meh/Life in a Fog (short doc)
1997 Telephone Booth (short)
1997 The Pigeon of Nader Flew (short)
1998 Ballads of a Plain Girl (short)
1999 Zamani barayé masti asbha/A Time for Drunken Horses
2002 Marooned in Iraq (The Songs of My Motherland)
2004 Turtles Can Fly/Lakposhtha Ham Parvaz Mikonand
Daf (Tambourine) (short doc)
2005 Behind the Scenes of Turtles Can Fly
2006 Niwemang/Half Moon
2009 Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh/
No One Knows About Persian Cats
2012 Fasle kargadan/Rhino Season

Biography

He was born in 1969 in Baneh, a city near the Iran-Iraq border in the province of Kurdistan, Iran. He was the first son in a family of seven siblings. He lived in Baneh until, at the age of 12, civil disputes caused his entire family to move to Sanandaj, the center of Kurdistan Province in Iran. After graduating from high school in Sanandaj, Ghobadi moved to Tehran in 1992. He started his artistic career in the field of Industrial Photography. Though he attended the Iranian Broadcasting College, he never graduated. Rather than following a formal curriculum, he believed the only way he could learn the craft of cinema was by tirelessly making short films. Using 8mm film, his starting point was to shoot a series of short documentaries. Through his instinctive and hands-on approach to filmmaking, Ghobadi developed a unique style, soon gaining widespread local recognition. A breakthrough came with Life in a Fog (1999), one of the most acclaimed shorts ever made in Iran. Following this success, Bahman Ghobadi went on to make A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) – the first feature-length Kurdish film in the history of Iran. In the wake of being awarded several different international awards, Ghobadi attracted international attention and established himself as a pioneer of Kurdish cinema. This film and all subsequent ones made by Ghobadi were widely praised at film festivals all over the world, gathering dozens of awards, but were little or not seen in his native country. In 2009, Ghobadi completed No One Knows About Persian Cats – a semi-documentary about the underground indie music scene in Tehran, filmed in Iran without an official permit and under very restricted conditions. He has since had to leave Iran and continue working abroad. His latest film to date, Rhino Season (2012), was shot in Istanbul.



Bahman Ghobadi

A Time for Drunken Horses / Bahman Ghobadi

In Iranian Kurdistan, very near the border with Iraq, five brothers and sisters live at subsistence level. The younger boy has a serious illness. The medicine he takes is expensive, and the doctor says he must have surgery soon if he is to have a chance of surviving. Despite the efforts of the eldest brother who takes on lots of odd jobs, the family is unable to pay for the operation. So, the elder sister decides to marry an Iraqi who is prepared to give them financial help for the youngest boy to have his operation in Iraq. In the end, however, the future spouse’s family refuses to let the sick boy cross the border with them. Instead, They give him a horse. The eldest boy goes back to Iran with his brother, but time for the operation is running out...


Director:Bahman Ghobadi
Script:Bahman Ghobadi
Cinematography:Saed Nikzat
Editing:Samad Tavazoee
Sound:Mehdi Darabi, Mortesza Dehnavi
Music:Hossein Alizadeh
Art Direction:Bahman Ghobadi
With:Ayoub Ahmadi (Ayoub), Rojin Younessi (Rojin), Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini (Ameneh), Madi Ekhtiar-dini (Madi)
World Sales:mk2, France T. +33 1 4467 3000 F. +33 1 4341 3230 intlsales@mk2.com www.mk2.com
Producer:Bahman Ghobadi
Production:Mij Film, Iraqi Kurdistan T. +90 5366 448 977 info@mijfilm.com www.mijfilm.com
Production Country:Iran
Format:35mm Color
Duration:80'
Production Year:2000
Golden Camera, FIPRESCI Prize – Cannnes IFF 2000
Silver Hugo – Chicago IFF 2000
Special Jury Award – Gijón IFF, Spain 2000 
National Board of Review Award, Freedom of Expression Award – National Board of Review, USA
Luminaria Award – Santa Fe FF, New Mexico, USA, 2000 
Best First Feature, Honorable Mention – Sarajevo FF 2001
Don Quixote Award – Tromsø IFF, Norway 2001
Grand Prix – Buster International Children’s FF 2000, Denmark
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:242
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 21:30 | ID:426
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