Shahab Hosseini, winner of the Best Actor award at Cannes in 2016 for his intricate and layered performance in Oscar-winning Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’, is attached to star in Mitra Tabrizian’s ‘The Far Mountains’.
A coming-of-age tale nuanced with an allegorical undertow, “The Far Mountains” marks Tabrizian’s sequel to his critically acclaimed feature debut “Gholam,” also starring Hosseini and selected by Mark Kermode of The Guardian/Observer as Movie of the Week upon release. “Gholam” was released theatrically in the UK and on major VOD platforms internationally.
“Gholam” producer Zadoc Nava of London-based Stray Dog Films will present “The Far Mountains” at Locarno’s Match Me! where it looks like one of its highlights. to the networking initiative.
Written by Tabrizian and Cyrus Massoudi, the co-scribes of “Gholam”, “The Far Mountains” centers on Ali, a 12-year-old boy living in a small town in Iran whose mother disappeared when he was very young. His father is now married.
Troubled, hungry for his father’s attention, he loses the injured bird he was diligently caring for and sets out to get revenge, whatever the consequences.
“The Far Mountains” has already generated considerable industry interest. Dutch production house Rinkel Film’s Reinier Selen (“Nasir” “Rafiki”) co-produced from the Netherlands; BAFTA-winning producer Janine Marmot (“Birdsong,” “Kelly + Victor”) serves as executive producer.
Raphael Berdugo of Cité Films in Paris, an auction house for classic and crossover art films, has acquired the international sales rights.
“It’s a coming-of-age story with a difference – an allegorical tale about the current situation in Iran with little or no future for the younger generation,” Tabrizian commented.
“Ali, the reckless 12-year-old must come to terms with his mother’s disappearance!” she said. “The film differs from the usual family drama – it focuses on the effect of the mother’s absence, rather than the reason behind it. The mother has a significant presence. But you never know why she has faded away.
She added: “In this regard, it departs from a more conventional narrative and departs from the ‘existential problem’ of Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura’ despite the influence, where the woman also disappears without explanation. In the context of Iran, the film raises a different question: was his disappearance politically motivated?
Hosseini has always received praise for his performances. Owen Gleiberman wrote in his Variety criticize that “The Salesman” was “beautifully performed” by Hosseini and Taraneh Alidootsi, who plays his wife, “Shahab Hosseini mesmerizes as an Iranian exile in London,” Kermode said of “Gholam.”
British-Iranian artist turned writer-director, Tabrizian’s shorts include 2019’s “The Insider”, made in collaboration with Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, and commissioned by London’s Coronet Theater to accompany “The Outsider” by Albert Camus adapted for the stage by Okri. The film was also screened at the British Museum and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
As a photographer, Tabrizian’s solo exhibitions at the museum include Tate Britain in 2008. In 2021 she received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society for Innovation and Contribution to Photographic Art.
A former director of documentaries, commercials and shorts, Zadoc produced Tabrizian’s previous shorts, including “The Insider.” He was included in the Berlin Talent program
in 2017 and 2019 in Film London’s inaugural Lodestar list of London’s 25 most promising filmmakers and creative talents.
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