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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

Rhino Season / Bahman Ghobadi

Kurdish-Iranian poet Sahel has just been released after a thirty-year sentence in the prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Now, the one thing keeping him alive is the thought of finding his wife Mina, who has considered him dead for over two decades and has since moved to Turkey. Determined to reclaim his life, Sahel sets out on an Istanbul-bound search. As the trip reveals itself a difficult journey through the secrets of their past, the dark figure of a man that has kept them apart all these years re-emerges...
(Based on the diaries of Kurdish-Iranian poet Sadegh Kamangar.)


Director:Bahman Ghobadi
Script:Bahman Ghobadi
Cinematography:Touraj Aslani
Editing:Valérie Loiseleux
Sound:Thomas Robert
Music:Kayhan Kalhor
With:Behrouz Vossoughi (old Sahel), Monica Bellucci (Mina), Yilmaz Erdoğan (Akbar), Caner Cindoruk (young Sahel), Beren Saat (Bousseh), Belçim Bilgin (Ebru), Arash Labaf (Amir)
World Sales:Wild Bunch, France Olivier Barbier T. +33 1 5301 5030 F. +33 1 5301 5049 obarbier@wildbunch.eu www.wildbunch.biz
Producer:Bahman Ghobadi
Production:Mijfilm, Iraqi Kurdistan,T. +90 5366 448 977 info@mijfilm.comwww.mijfilm.com
Production Country:Iraqi Kurdistan-Turkey
Co-production:BKM Film,Turkey www.bkmonline.net
Format:HDCAM Color
Duration:90'
Production Year:2012
Festival Distribution: Mijfilm, Iraqi Kurdistan Bianca Lucas T. +90 5366 448 977 bianca@mijfilm.com www.mijfilm.com
Best Cinematography – San Sebastián IFF 2012
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 20:00 | ID:215
OLYMPION:Monday, November 05, 2012 - 22:30 | ID:316
TONIA MARKETAKI:Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 22:00 | ID:936
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