Yek Eteffagh e Sadé (aka A Simple Event) is the story of a ten year old Iranian schoolboy living with his mother and his father in Northern coasts of Iran. The boy helps his father in selling the latter’s illegal fishing and helps his mother in shopping for her and bringing home water from a well. The three characters live together in only one room. Their life is austere. The boy eats only bread and milk every day… One day the boy’s mother dies. That looks like a simple event in the boy’s life. The routine will again continue… —IMDb
Sohrab Shahid-Saless (Sohrāb Shahǐd-Sāles, Persian: سهراب شهیدثالث, 28 June 1943, Tehran – 2 June 1998, Washington DC) was an Iranian film director and screenwriter and one of the most celebrated figures in Iranian cinema in the 20th century. After 1976 he worked in the Cinema of Germany and was an important component of the film diaspora working in the German industry.
Sohrab Shahid-Saless was born in Tehran in 1943 and lived in Tehran. He studied film in Vienna and Paris. After returning to Iran, he first worked for the Ministry of Arts and Culture, where he made 22 films. In 1976, he left Iran for Germany, where he worked as a filmmaker until 1991, then moving to Chicago. He died in Washington DC in June 1998.
In his first feature, the milestone film A Simple Event (1973), he describes the everyday life of a ten-year-old boy living in a small town with an ill mother and a father struggling to make a living smuggling fish. In contrast, Still Life (1974) explores the… read more