Famous Kurdish composer Mamo compels his ten middle-aged sons to travel by bus with him from Iran to Iraqi Kurdistan for a concert. They collect a singer at a village of banished female singers, but she has to flee at a checkpoint. A powerful and ultimately dark expression of the absurd, mundane brutality of a society that fears even music, combining neorealism with surrealist dream allegory/myth (and humour too).
In Ghobadi's unique blend of comedy and tragedy, 'Half Moon' reflects the dire situation of artists in a region torn by fanaticism and war, but it also tells a mythical story about the magic of music and the journey to death. Read my full review: www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2007/02/04/iffr-half-moon