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53 Ratings

Secret Ballot

Raye makhfi

Directed by Babak Payami
Iran, 2001


At an isolated seaside post, a young soldier is thrown into an election day adventure. Orders from above force him to accompany a female election agent by jeep across the dusty desert in one absurd situation after another. A political tale by Iranian enfant terrible Babak Payami.

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Secret Ballot
Directed by Babak Payami

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2001 | 6 wins including: Best Director (Competition)

2001 | Golden Lion

Toronto International Film Festival


International Film Festival Rotterdam

2002 | Special Mention: Netpac Award

São Paulo International Film Festival

2001 | Best Feature Film (International Jury Award)

2001 | Winner: Special Jury Award

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