Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB
Original title: Zamani Baraye Masti Asbha
Iran, 2000. Bahman Ghobadi Films, Farabi Cinema Foundation, MK2 Productions. Screenplay by Bahman Ghobadi. Cinematography by Saed Nikzat. Produced by Bahman Ghobadi. Music by Hossein Alizadeh. Production Design by Bahman Ghobadi. Film Editing by Samad Tavazoee.
Captivating film debut from Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi. Using no music but only the powerful sounds of wind from the mountains of Iran, Ghobadi tells the story of a family of children who have been orphaned by circumstances and rely on their eldest brother to keep the family fed and safe. Unfortunately, life for this boy of thirteen trying to fend for himself and his loved ones is not in the least bit easy. The film is rich with tenderness, beauty and a very powerful sense of humanity. On top of that, Ghobadi has a terrific sense of pace and the film is perfect in its every scene.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000