Arvand | Denver Film Society | Pourya Azarbayjani | Iran

Arvand

Pourya Azarbayjani

PersianEnglish SubtitlesIran201687 min

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Overview

In this powerful drama from acclaimed Iranian director Pourya Azarbayjani, a former soldier is tormented by the loss of his comrades during the Iran-Iraq War nearly 30 years ago. Caught between past and present, he relives the memories as if they’re still fresh—retracing the steps he took during a campaign on the Arvand Rud waterway in an attempt to recover his friends’ bodies. The question is whether he’ll ever recover himself.

Told through poetic flashbacks and composed tableaux of contemporary Iran, Azarbayjani’s take on the true story of 175 soldiers whose bodies were discovered after two decades offers cathartic release for a country still suffering the effects of one of the longest wars of the 20th century.

Producer: Mehdi Davari | Cinematographer: Morteza Ghafori | Screenwriter: Pourya Azarbayjani
Cast: Saeed Aghakhani, Pantea Panahiha, Mehrdad Sedighian, Tannaz Tabatabayi

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