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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

Turtles Can Fly / Bahman Ghobadi

The film is set in a Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq. A streetwise, thirteen-year-old boy going by the name of “Satellite” is celebrated for his installation of satellite dishes and antennas for local villagers. He brings the world to this small community – including the news of Saddam Hussein and the impending war. The dynamic leader of the children, he also organizes the dangerous but necessary sweeping and clearing of the minefields, and then arranges trade-ins for the unexploded mines. Satellite falls for an unlikely orphan named Agrin, a sad-faced girl travelling with her disabled brother Henkov, a clever boy who appears to have the gift of clairvoyance. The siblings are taking care of a three-year-old, whose connection to the pair is revealed as harsh truths about these children come to light.


Director:Bahman Ghobadi
Script:Bahman Ghobadi
Cinematography:Shahryar Assadi
Editing:Mostafa Khergheh Poosh, Hayedeh Safi Yari
Sound:Bahman Ardalan
Music:Hossein Ali Zadeh
With:Avaz Latif (Agrin), Soran Ebrahim ( “Sattelite”) Saddam Hossein Feysal (Pasheo), Hiresh Feysal Rahman (Hangao), Abdol Rahman Karim (Rega), Ajil Zibari (Shirko)
World Sales:BAC Films, France Gilles Sousa T. +33 1 5353 5986 F. +33 1 4929 4960 g.sousa@bacfilms.fr www.bacfilms.fr
Production Design:Bahman Ghobadi
Producer:Bahman Ghobadi
Production:Mij Film, Iraqi Kurdistan T. +90 5366 448 977 info@mijfilm.com www.mijfilm.com
Production Country:Iraqi Kurdistan
Format:35mm Color
Duration:95'
Production Year:2004
Festival Distribution : Mijfilm, Iraqi Kurdistan T. +90 5366 448 977 info@mijfilm.com www.mijfilm.com
The Golden Shell, Jury Award for Best Screenplay – 52nd San Sebastián FF
Silver Hugo (Special Jury Prize) – 40th Chicago FF
Audience Award – 34th Rotterdam IFF 2005
Peace Film Award, Special Mention – 28th Kinderfilmfest (14+) – Berlin IFF 2005
International Jury Award, Audience Award – São Paulo IFF 2004
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Monday, November 05, 2012 - 19:30 | ID:325
OLYMPION:Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:412
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