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Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Mohsen Abdolvahab
A war film which doesn’t depict battlefields. Soldiers are not the only ones who suffer in war; their families are also forced to share their pains throughout the years. During the Iran-Iraq war, many people fled Teheran and sought refuge in the countryside. However, Gilaneh heads to Teheran with her pregnant daughter to find her daughter’s husband who disappeared after he went AWOL. A mother endlessly prays to God as her son leaves for the battlefield, begging for his survival. Gilaneh’s son returns alive, but as a cripple who is destined to be bed-ridden for the rest of his life. Trusting in a war widow’s promise to marry her son, Gilaneh anxiously awaits the woman’s return from the South. This film presents people whose loves and lives are scarred and distorted. The beautiful landscapes of Iran’s plateau are sharply contrasted against the lives of the people who live within them. As the people walk along the rocky and meandering roads, the film suggests that their hopes and dreams perhaps lie at its end. (Sue Kim)
Rakhshan Bani-EtemadRakhshan Bani-Etemad
Director, screenwriter Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was born in 1954 in Tehran. She received her B.A. in film directing from Dramatic Arts University in Tehran. She began her career as a documentary filmmaker for Iranian TV, and made her first feature film Off the Limits in 1987. Among her world-wide successful works, two films, Under the Skin of the City and Our Times were respectively screened at the 5th and 6th Women’s Film Festival in Seoul. Having directed numerous features and documentaries, she has been considered as one of the representative filmmakers in contemporary Iranian Cinema.
Mohsen AbdolvahabMohsen Abdolvahab
Born in 1957 in Tehran, Mohsen Abdolvahab is a graduate in Editing from the IRIB University. He began his cinematic career in 1980, editing documentaries and features films. During his career, he has edited over 30 films. He has also produced 23 short documentaries and feature documentaries on cultural and industrial subjects. His last documentary The Wives of Haj Abbas received the Silver Wolf at Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival in 2001. His cooperation with Rakhshan Bani-Etemad started with Nargess and continued in all her other works. Gilaneh is his first feature film.