Khab-e Talkh (bitter dream), an Iranian film by Mohsen Amiryoosefi, which was not well recieved in Iran is now on screen in Paris cinemas.
Tehran- Jul.4, 2005- (CHN) -- Iranian film, Khab-e Talkh (bitter dream), directed by Mohsen Amiryoosefi, is released in Paris cinemas. The film takes the French to the traditional Iranian baths.
The film's story is focused on the last days of Agha Esfandiar's life, the only Mordeh Shoor (undertaker) of Sadeh, a small town near Isfahan. Mordeh shoors in Iranian traditions are in charge of bathing corpse as an ablution before burial. Agha Esfandiar who is approaching his death and knows that he is the last of the breed in the town is anxious and looking for somebody to bathe him correctly after his death. But surprisingly in his search for the legitimate person to undertake the task which is necessary to his soul being permitted to heaven, he meets the death angel (Izraeel).
The film camera follows Agha Esfandiar in Sadeh city, and presents the spectacles of the city such as vertical grave stones and traditional Iranian baths.
Many of the scenes took place in public baths in Sadeh, and thus the audience attention is taken to these forgotten, spectacular buildings of the past. Nowadays, there are some baths similar to traditional Iranian baths in Paris, which attracts tourists from all over the world, whereas these baths are neglected and left to be destroyed in Iran.
Since the film was released in Paris, there have been numerous critiques about it in France's widely circulated press including Le Figaro, Le Monde, and La Liberation. Cahier du Cinema, a reputable French magazine had an interview with M. Amiryoosefi, the director, as well.
In spite of not being approved for 1383 (2005) Fajr Film Festival and subsequently participating in the side section of the festival, and although there is no information about its screening in Iran, Khab-e Talkh was the most internationally successful Iranian film in 2004; it received awards form different outstanding international film festivals namely Cannes, Thessaloniki, and Bilbao film festivals.
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