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Synopsis

Ayoub is a young boy living in a village near the border of Iraq in Kurdistan Province. He works in the bazaar along with his little sister. When his father dies, he is obliged to protect his three sisters and sick brother, Madi. Madi needs surgery, without which, he is expected to live a maximum of seven to eight months. Ayoub tries to smuggle merchandise by mule into Iraq in an attempt to raise money for Madi’s operation. The owner of the mules refuses to pay Ayoub and his group after the job. Ayoub again looks for a job to pay for his brother’s operation. He gets a second chance to smuggle goods using the mule his uncle lends him after breaking his arm. Rojin, Ayoub’s sister, marries a suitor living in a village on the border of Iraq on the condition that he smuggles Madi into Iraq for his operation. Despite Ayoub’s objections the wedding takes place and they all move to the border village, including Madi. The groom’s mother prevents Madi from going with them and gives Ayoub a mule as a conciliatory gift. Ayoub and Madi along with the acquired mule return to their native village and sell it to get money for Madi’s operation.

Crew

Produced, written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi.

Cinematographer: Saed Nikzat.
Editor: Samad Tavazoei.
Original Music: Hossein Alizadeh.
Production Manager: Behrouz Ghobadi.
Sound: Morteza Dehnavi , Mehdi Darabi.
Sound Mixer: Jahangir Mirshekari.
Assistant Director: Alireza Amiri.
Production Crew: Batin Ghobadi, Kaveh Moinfar.
Assistant Cinematographer: Saeed Khademi.
Cinematography Crew: Daryoush Taheri Masoud Salami Babak Amini.
Sound Assistant: Shahab Seyfouri.
Editing Assistant: Hassan Rashidghamat.
Photography: Jafar Baratimehr, Khosro Jalali.

Cast

Ayoub Ahmadi
Rojin Ekhtiardini
Ameneh Ekhtiardini
Kolsoum Ekhtiardini
Karim Ekhtiardini
Rahman Salehi
Osman Karimi

Awards

Winner of Golden Camera (Camera D’or) as Best Film at Cannes Film Festival, France, 2000

Society of International Critics FIPRESCI Award at Cannes Film Festival, France,2000

3-Winner Of C.I.C.A.E at Cannes Film Festival, France, 2000 (LA Confederation, International Des Cinemas Dart Et D’essai)

Winner of Silver Hugo, Special Jury Prize at Chicago International Film Festival, U.S.A, 2000

Winner of Best Feature at Santa Fe Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale, U.S.A, 2000

Winner of International Grand Jury Award from Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, 2000

Winner of Special Jury Award from Gijon International Film Festival and Nominated for Grand Prix at Gijon International Film Festival, Spain, 2000

Winner of Best Feature at Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland, 2000

Winner of Best Feature from Children Film Festival, Esfahan, Iran, 2000

Winner of Best Feature at Banff International Film Festival, Canada, 2000

Winner of Best feature at Cervino Film Festival, Italy, 2000

Winner of D’Otran, France, 2000

Festival Screenings

The Wales One World Britain Film Festival 2015

Toronto International Film Festival, 2000

Locarno International Film Festival, 2000

Chicago International Film Festival, 2000

Cannes International Film Festival, 2000

WOW! International Film Festival

Banff Mountain International Film Festival, 2001

NZ International Film Festival, 2001

The 48th Sydney International Film Festival, 2001

Muslim International Film Festival, 2001

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, 2001

Nashville Shakespeare International Film Festival, 2001

Tampa International Film Festival, 2001

Paul International Film Festival, April, 2001

12th Philadelphia International Film Festival, 2001

Melbourne International Film Festival, 2001

Fukuoka International Film Festival, 2001

1st Kurdish Film Festival

Adelaide International Film Festival, 2003

15th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Tribeca International Film Festival, 2002

Kurdish Human Rights Conference and Film Festival

Woodstock International Film Festival, 2002

Austin International Film Festival, 2001

Fall Festival Frenzy, 2002

Montreal Wold International Film Festival, 2001

Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, 2002

JIFF International Film Festival, 2002

Sarajevo International Film Festival, 2002

SEATTLE International Film Festival, 2003

Dubrovnic International Film Festival, 2003

Flickerings International Film Festival, 2002

San Diego International film festival, 2001

Cervino International Film Festival, 2002

Bradford International Film Festival, 2003

Tromadance International Film Festival, 2003

24th Kinder International Film Festival, Berlin, 2001

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2002

MEDI International Film Festival, 2001

Lupercian International Film Festival, 2003

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, 2005

Reykjavik International Film FestivaL, Iceland, 2006. In 3×3: Spotlight on Bahman Ghobadi

Montreal Cinemateque, Canada, October 2007. In Retrospection

15th Open Doek Film Festival 19th – 29th April, 2007, Belgium

54th Flaherty International Film Seminar 21-27 June, 2008, NY

Musuem of Modern Art (Moma) 27-7 July,2008, NY

Pyongyang International Film festival, 17-26 September, 2008, North Korea

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Producer: Bahman Ghobadi.
Time: 75 minutes
World Sales: MK2 Company, France (www.MK2.Com).

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