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Wild Bunch - KANDAHAR

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

KANDAHAR

THE SUN BEHIND THE MOON

KANDAHAR

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Status: Completed

Director(s): Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Main cast: Ike Ogut, Nelofer Pazira, Hassan Tantai

Long synopsis : Mohsen Makhmalbaf's extraordinary fable of love, suffering and self-sacrifice is the story of Nafas. A young Afghan refugee living in Canada, she receives a desperate letter from her younger sister, who writes that she will kill herself at the moment of the next solar eclipse.Nafas fled Afghanistan during the civil war with her father, a doctor. Her sister, terribly injured by a land mine, was too ill to travel with them, and remained behind, in Kandahar.With great difficulty, Nafas manages to reach Iran, where she seeks help. Heavily veiled, disguised as a peasant, she is led across war-ravaged, mine-strewn wastelands by a boy she encounters in a cemeteryTo save her sister, whatever the cost, she must brave sickness, ruthless bandits and border guards if she is to reach the town of her birth before the eclipse...

Cast

  • Ike Ogut, Nelofer Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri, Hoyatala Hakimi, Monica Hankievich

Crew

  • Producer(s): Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Director(s): Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Screenplay: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • DP: Ebrahim Ghafori
  • Editing: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Original Music: Mohammad Reza Darvishi
  • Set Design: Akbar Meshkini
  • Original Title: THE SUN BEHIND THE MOON
  • Genre(s): Drama, Political

  • Production company: MAKHMALBAF FILM HOUSE, BAC FILMS, WILD BUNCH
  • Production date: 2001
  • Language: Persian
  • Duration: 85 min
  • Festival de Cannes 2001 - Competition
    Award(s) : Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2001
  • European Film Awards 2001 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Screen International Award
  • National Board of Review 2001
    Award(s) : Freedom of Expression Award
  • Munich International Film Festival 2001
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2001 - Parallel Sections
    Award(s) : FIPRESCI Prize
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2001
  • Busan International Film Festival 2001
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2001
  • Singapore International Film Festival 2001
  • Ljubljana International Film Festival 2001
  • Seminci - Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid 2001

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