The New Year’s Eve and the Iran-Iraq war, Tehran is being repeatedly attacked with missiles. Gilaneh, a lonely middle-aged villager has to send her son to the war. She must also accompany her daughter to Tehran in search of her son-in-law, who has illegally left the service… 15 years later: again the New Year’s Eve, and Gilaneh – fatigued with life – is taking care of her chemically-wounded son and is also far away from her daughter. Incapable of looking after her son, Gilaneh is waiting for a woman from the South who has lost her husband in the war and made a promise to get married to Gilaneh’s son… This film depicts people whose love and destiny have been violated and changed by war.
Rakhshān Bani-E’temād (Persian: رخشان بنی اعتماد , Rakhshān Bani-E’temād, born 3 April 1954 in Tehran) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. She is widely considered Iran’s premier female director, and her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences.Her title as “First Lady of Iranian Cinema” is not only a reference to her prominence as a filmmaker, but it also connotes her social role of merging politics and family in her work.
Early Life and Education
Rakhshan Bani-E’temad was born into a middle-class family. While her parents wanted her to pursue a career in teaching, Bani-E’temad demonstrated an interest in film from a young age. As a teenager, she had decided to study film. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies from the Dramatic Arts University in Tehran.
Shortly after completing her degree, Bani-E’temad… read more