Set in Ghobadi’s native Kurdistan, close to the Turkey-Iran border. Soran is a 13-year-old boy who orders other children around as he installs an antenna for villagers keen to hear of Saddam’s fall. Eventually, he falls for Agrin but is disturbed by her brother Henkov, who was left armless after he stepped on a landmine and who can now seemingly predict the future. –IMDb
Bahman Ghobadi (Kurdish: بههمهن قوبادی) is an Iranian film director of Kurdish ethnicity. He was born on February 1, 1969 in Baneh, Iranian Kurdistan. Ghobadi belongs to the so called “new wave” of Iranian cinema.
He was born in Baneh, in northwestern Kurdistan Province of Iran. His family moved to Sanandaj in 1981. Ghobadi received a Bachelor of Arts in film directing from the Iranian Broadcasting College. After a brief career in industrial photography, Ghobadi began making short 8 mm films. His documentary Life In Fog won numerous awards. Bahman Ghobadi was assistant director on Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us.
Bahman Ghobadi founded Mij Film in 2000, a company with the aim of production of films in Iran about its different ethnic groups. His first feature film was A Time for Drunken Horses (2000), the first Kurdish film produced in Iran. The film won Caméra d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. His second feature was Marooned in Iraq (2002), which brought him the… read more
Wasn't expecting to see this today, which isn't something one can often say. I signed up for a film class without seeing what we would study - I had taken several with the professor and knew her lectures/screenings were rad. No trailers, plot, no info for me. All I can really say is I could barely read the subtitles through my tears. A gut-wrenching movie.
If you want to watch children who can't act, shout in a mindless fashion for 93 minutes, with uninspiring and thoughtless directing, this will be right up your street.
As heartbreaking as it is I highly recommend this film. The children are amazing and it’s beautifully shot but it is a disturbing reminder of the impact of war on children. I was glued to the screen throughout as the story of the children unfolds, especially the young girl, Agrin, and her two brothers. How fast they have to grow up. It leaves you wanting to do something…to protect them.