Synopsis

SYNOPSIS


Bahman Farjami, a fifty-five year old filmmaker, has not made a film for twenty years, since being banned by the Post-Revolutionary Censor Board. The death of other filmmakers of his generation, his own heart problems and a strange set of coincidences convince him that the Angel of Death must be near. As a means of confronting his fears, he decides to make a film about his own funeral, under the guise of a documentary on Iranian funeral rites for Japanese television.

As he researches the funeral rites of his country and culture, Farjami glimpses a side of Iranian society which he was not aware of, including teenage suicides, abused women and the serial murders of intellectuals. In the midst of this, his view is shaded by his problems with his sick mother, domineering sister and aging man-servant. All of these things get tangled together in his mind and take him on an emotional roller-coaster ride that culminates in a Fellini-esque dream so intense that it may lead to his actual death.

Iran, 2000
93 min., Unrated
In Farsi with English subtitles
Color



FILMMAKERS

Directer/Writer
Producer
Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Art Director
Music
Editor
Sound
Special Effects
BAHMAN FARMANARA
MORTEZA SHAYESTEH
FAZLOLLAH YOUSEFPOUR
MAHMOOD KALARI
ZILLA MEHJOUII
AHMAD PEJMAN
ABBAS GANJAVI
PARVIZ ABNAR
ABBAS SHOQI

CAST


Bahman Frajami
Wamn Hitchhiker
Dr. Arasteh, The Attorney
Homayouin, The Actor
Abdollah, The Servant
Memorial Sign Rental
Farzaneh
Bahman's Sister

BAHMAN FARMANARA
ROYA NONAHALI
REZA KIANIAN
VALIYOLLAH SHIRANDAMI
HOSSEIN KASBIAN
FIROUZ BEHJAT MOHAMMADI
PARVISH NAZARIEH
MAHTAJ NOJOOMI