Press Release (photos by Yoray Liberman)
The film Baba Joon, the first Persian-language film shot in Israel - will be released in Israel during October 2015.
Navid Negahban in a scene from Baba Joon
The film stars Iranian actor Navid Negahban, staring Emmy-award-winning show Homeland, as Abu Nazir. Whose recent work includes Clint Eastwood's new film American Sniper; Cyrus Nowrasteh's film The Stoning of Soraya M. and more. Navid has also had guest-starring roles on The Mentalist, 24, Lost, Law and Order, CSIand more.
Other actors include Iranian actress Viss Elliot Safavi, who appeared in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky and Iranian actor David Diaan, whose work includes actor-director Seth Rogen's the Interview, Cyrus Nowrasteh's the Stoning of Soraya M., the shows Homeland, Weeds, NCIS and more.
Asher Avrahami (L) with Navid Negahban in a scene from Baba Joon
Asher Avrahami, a young boy (13) discovered in an audition in a village in southern Israel, will star alongside these actors.
Yitzhak (Navid Negahban) runs the turkey farm his father built with his own two hands after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti (Asher Avrahami) turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade, hoping that he will continue the proud family tradition. But Moti doesn't like working in the turkey barn; his passion is fixing up junkyard cars and bringing them back to life.
Moti's mother Sarah (Viss Elliot Safavi) tries to reconcile between the two, while his grandfather pushes Yitzhak to take a firm hand with his son.
Yitzhak takes Moti's refusal to work in the turkey barn as a personal rejection. Though he loves his son dearly, he makes it his mission to impose the family farm on Moti.
The arrival of Darius (David Diaan), the uncle from America, sets off a chain of events that will undermine the familial harmony. Soon enough Yitzhak will learn that his son is just as stubborn as he is. The conflict is inevitable.
The film is directed by Yuval Delshad (Regards from the War, the Family Unit) who wrote the screenplay inspired by his own personal story as the son of Iranian immigrants. Yuval has chosen to tell his story as an allegory about the struggle for independence and freedom within a restrictive setting, whether it is one's family, religion, society or regime.
Cinematographer: Ofer Inov (Beaufort, campfire, Time of Favor)
The film is produced by David Silber of Metro Productions (The Matchmaker, Aviva my Love, Lebanon, Beaufort, The Wonders), and Moshe and Leon Edri of United King (The Matchmaker, Aviva my Love, Lebanon, Beaufort, The Wonders).
Baba Joon's trailer
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