29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“The great auteur’s controversial 1990 critique of Iranian society is a rich meditation on family life, the legacy of violence and lost love.”
— The Guardian
Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s story concerns an anthropologist and his daughter, unfolding over three different periods: before, during and after the Iranian Revolution. The daughter works in the ER at a local hospital, where she treats suicidal patients. The reason behind each suicide attempt is different, especially before the revolution compared to after it. Looking for a reason to be alive, one of the suicidal patients falls in love with the anthropologist’s daughter. However, it is a love that proves to be impossible.
The Nights of Zayandeh-rood was shown just once before being cut and banned by Iranian censors. In 2016, some parts of the original negative were stolen from the archives of the Iranian censorship committee and smuggled to the West, allowing Makhmalbaf to restore the film. The restored version opened the Venice Classics section of the 2016 Venice International Film festival.
Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Cast Manochehr Esmaeeli, Mozhgan Naderi, Parvaneh Gowharani & Zeinab Rahdari
Script Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Producers Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Duration 65 minutes