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Synopsis

A haunting love story that spans three decades, Rhino Season is based on the tragic story of a Kurdish poet and family friend of Ghobadi’s who was unjustly incarcerated during Iran’s Islamic Revolution. The victim of a personal vendetta, Sahel (Behrouz Vossoughi) is thrown into prison along with his devoted wife Mina (Monica Bellucci). Inexplicably released after serving a ten-year sentence, Mina is informed by the authorities that Sahel is dead. Heartbroken, she and her two children leave Iran for Istanbul — unknowingly leaving behind her very-much-alive husband, who is forced to stay in prison for another twenty years. Finally released, Sahel sets out to find his wife, the memory of whom was the only thing that had sustained him throughout his agonizing ordeal. But after clinging to an intangible vision for so many years, what is the reality that awaits him now?

Crew

Written, directed and produced by Bahman Ghobadi

Cinematographer: Touraj Aslani 

Editor: Valerie Loiseleux 

Sound: Thomas Robert 

Music: Kayhan Kalhor 

Production designers: Bahman Ghobadi, Ali Daryai 

Cast

Behrouz Vossoughi

Monica Bellucci

Yilmaz Erdogan 

Awards

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 2012

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS, NOVEMBER 2012

BRONZ FROG FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY- PLUS CAMERIMAGE, DECEMBER 2012

Festival Screenings

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SPECIAL PRESENTATION, CANADA, SEPTEMBER2012 

SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, IN COMPETITION, SPAIN, SEPTEMBER 2012 

BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, GALA PRESENTATION, SOUTH KOREA, OCTOBER 2012

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, MAIN COMPETITION, USA, OCTOBER 2012 

FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA CANADA, PRESENTATION SPECIALE, OCTOBER 2012

THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FILMMAKER IN FOCUS,GrREECE, NOVEMBER 2012

TALINN BLACK NIGHTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, OFFICIAL COMPETITION, ESTONIA NOVEMBER 2012

ASIAN PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS, COMPETITION, AUSTRALIA, NOVEMBER 2012

WORLD CINEMA ALE KINO, POLAND, NOVEMBER 2012

CAMERIMAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, IN COMPETITION, POLAND, NOVEMBER 2012

MARRAKECH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, HORS-COMPETITION, MAROCCO, DECEMBER 2012

TOKYO FILMEX INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SPECIAL SCREENINGS, JAPAN, DECEMBER 2012

GOTEBURG INTERNATIONA FILM FESTIVAL, MASTER SCREENINGS, SWEDEN, JANUARY 2013

FESTIVAL OF FILMS FROM IRAN, BOSTON, HOUSTON WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 2013

ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SIGNALS: INSIDE IRAN, JANUARY 2013

 

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Year: 2012

Duration: 104 minutes 

Production co.: MIJ FILM, BKM FILM 

International sales: WILD BUNCH

Festival distribution: MIJ FILM 

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