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The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Shabhaye Zayendeh-Rood
Iran 1990 / 65’
subtitles: Polish and English
Stalker Wittgenstein

A wide-ranging story about Iran that covers three stages in the country's history: before, during, and after the revolution. Everything is shown from two different but complementary perspectives. One is that of an older anthropologist, whose lectures are filled with harsh judgments about Iranian society, while the other is that of his daughter, who works in an intensive-care unit, where she constantly has to treat people who have attempted suicide. In their professional lives, they both have to deal with their country's dark side, and they both become victims of the country as well. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film was banned in Iran. First, it was brutally cut by the censors and was then permanently withdrawn from distribution. Only 26 years after it was made was it possible to steal a copy of a shortened version from the archives. The film seemed to have lost its limbs, said the director. Despite this, it was still breathing, and its story and meaning were not lost.

Piotr Mirski


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Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Born in 1957, Mohsen Makhmalbaf is one of the most prominent figures in Iranian cinema. In his youth, he belonged to a group of political militants, and he spent several years in prison for his activities. He began his career as a director after regaining his freedom. He has made such acclaimed works as A Moment of InnocenceGabbeh, and Kandahar. He also founded a film school where several members of his family studied, including his wife, Marzieh Meshkini; their daughters, Samira and Hana; and their son, Maysam.

Selected filmography

1990 Noce nad Zayanderud / Shabhaye Zayendeh-Rood / The Nights of Zayandeh-rood

1996 Dywan / Gabbeh

1996 Chwila niewinności / Nun va Goldoon / A Moment of Innocence

2001 Kandahar / Safar e Ghandehar

2014 Prezydent / The President

Cast & Crew

director Mohsen Makhmalbaf
screenplay Mohsen Makhmalbaf
cinematography Ali Reza Zarrindast
editing Mohsen Makhmalbaf
music Alireza Eftekhari, Iraj
cast Manuchehr Esmaili, Mojgan Naderi, Parvaneh Goharani, Zaynab Rahdari, Mehrdad Farid
producer Mohsen Makhmalbaf
production Makhmalbaf Film House
sales Moshen Makhamalbaf
language Persian
colouration colour