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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

Half Moon / Bahman Ghobadi

Renowned old musician Mamo has been granted permission to perform a concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. His faithful friend Kako will drive a school bus and help gather together Mamo’s ten musical adult sons, scattered throughout Iranian Kurdistan. Mamo is determined to make this trip across the majestic landscape despite all obstacles. Mamo even ignores his son’s premonition that something awful awaits him before the next full moon. Mamo is convinced that the essence of the upcoming performance is the celestial voice of a woman. He has chosen Hesho, who lives in a mountain retreat with 1334 other exiled female singers. Since women are forbidden to sing in front of men in public in Iran, Hesho must be carefully concealed in the bus...


Director:Bahman Ghobadi
Script:Bahman Ghobadi
Cinematography:Nigel Bluck, Crighton Bone
Editing:Hayedeh Safiyari
Sound:Bahman Ardalan
Music:Hossein Alizadeh
With:Ismail Ghaffari (Mamo), Allah Morad Rashtiani (Kako), Hedye Tehrani (Hesho), Hassan Poorshirazi (border policeman), Golshifteh Farahani (Niwemang), Sadiq Behzadpoor (Shouan)
World Sales:The Match Factory GmbH, Germany Michael Weber T. +49 221 539 709-0 F. +49 221 539 709-10 info@matchfactory.de www.matchfactory.de
Production Design:Mansooreh Yazdanjoo, Bahman Ghobadi
Producer:Bahman Ghobadi
Production:Mij Film, Iraqi Kurdistan T.+90 5366 448 977 info@mijfilm.com www.mijfilm.com
Production Country:Austria-France- Iran-Iraq
Co-production:New Crowned Hope (Austria) & Silkroad Productions (France)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:107'
Production Year:2006
Best Cinematography, FIPRESCI Prize, Golden Seashell – San Sebastián IFF 2006
People’s Choice Award – Istanbul IFF 2007
Special Jury Mention for Best Screenplay – Tribeca IFF 2007
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:122
OLYMPION:Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:212
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 14:15 | ID:422
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