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Khab E' Talkh (Bitter Dream)
Dubbed 'the first Iranian black comedy', Mohsen Amiryoussefi's debut feature film won a special mention from the jury at this year's Cannes film Festival, and has gone on since to acclaim at festivals cemetery's real-life employees, it tell the story of Esfandiar, a bad-tempered body-washer who comes face-to-face with Ezrael (the angel of death). With his life flashing before his eyes-often, surreally, through his beloved black-and-white television-Esfandiar is forced to reconsider the way he treats his colleagues and friends. Bitter Dream is an example of the increasing diversity of Iranian cinema; its 32-year-old director is one to watch.
2004 / Farsi dialogue with English subtitles / Colour and Black & White / 87 mins
Programme: Contemporary World Cinema
Premiere: Middle East Premiere
Director: Mohsen Amiryoussefi
Producer: Mohsen Amiryoussefi
Scriptwriter: Mohsen Amiryoussefi
DOP: Byram Fazli
Editor: Mohsen Amiryoussefi
Cast: Abbas Esfandiari, Delbar Ghasri, Mohsen Rahimi, Safar-Ali Safari, Yadollah Anvari
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