Shahab Hosseini, a Cannes finest actor winner in 2016 for his layered, advanced efficiency in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning “The Salesman,” is hooked up to star in “The Far Mountains,” from Mitra Tabrizian.
A nuanced coming-of-age story with an allegorical undertow, “The Far Mountains” marks Tabrizian’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut function “Gholam,” additionally starring Hosseini and chosen by The Guardian/Observer’s Mark Kermode as Movie of the Week on its launch. “Gholam” was theatrically launched within the U.Okay. and main VOD platforms internationally.
“Gholam” producer Zadoc Nava at London-based Stray Canine Movies shall be introducing “The Far Mountains” at Locarno’s Match Me! the place it seems like one in every of its highlights. on the networking initiative.
Written by Tabrizian and Cyrus Massoudi, the co-scribes of “Gholam,” “The Far Mountains” activates Ali, a 12-year-old boy dwelling in a small city in Iran whose mom disappeared when he was very younger. His father has now married.
Troubled, craving his father’s consideration, he loses the injured chook he’s been diligently caring for, and units out to precise revenge, regardless of the penalties.
“The Far Mountains” has already attracted appreciable trade curiosity. Reinier Selen at Dutch manufacturing home Rinkel Movie (“Nasir” “Rafiki” ) co-produces out of the Netherlands; BAFTA-winning producer Janine Marmot (“Birdsong,” “Kelly + Victor”) government produces.
Raphael Berdugo at Paris-based Cité Movies, a basic artwork and crossover movie gross sales home, has acquired worldwide gross sales rights.
“It is a coming-of-age story with a distinction – an allegorical story on the present scenario in Iran with little/no future for the younger era,” Tabrizian commented.
“Ali, the reckless 12-year-old has to come back to phrases along with his mom’s disappearance!,” she stated. “The movie differs from the same old household drama – it focuses on the impact of the mom’s absence, moderately than the rationale behind it. The mom has a vital presence. However we by no means know why she disappeared.”
She added: “On this respect, it deviates from a extra typical narrative and departs from the ‘existential downside’ of Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura’ regardless of the affect, the place the lady additionally disappears with out clarification. Inside the context of Iran, the movie raises a distinct query: has her disappearance been politically motivated? Many individuals disappeared throughout the Inexperienced Motion protests that erupted in Iran after the 2009 rigged election.”
Hosseini has persistently scored excessive reward for his performances. Owen Gleiberman wrote in his Selection evaluate that “The Salesman” was “superbly acted” by Hosseini and Taraneh Alidootsi, who performs his spouse, “Shahab Hosseini mesmerises as an Iranian exile in London,” Kermode stated of “Gholam.”
A British-Iranian artist-turned-writer-director, Tabrizian’s brief movies embody 2019’s “The Insider,” made in collaboration with Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, and commissioned by London’s Coronet Theatre to accompany Albert Camus’ “The Outsider,” tailored for the stage by Okri. The movie was additionally screened at The British Museum and The Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
As a photographer, Tabrizian’s solo museum reveals embody Tate Britain in 2008. In 2021, she obtained an honorary fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society for innovation and contribution to pictures artwork.
A former documentary, commercials, and brief movie director, Zadoc produced Tabrizian’s earlier shorts, together with “The Insider.” He was included within the Berlin Expertise program
in 2017 and in 2019 in Movie London’s Lodestar inaugural checklist of 25 of London’s most promising filmmakers and inventive abilities.