Iran, 1995, DCP, Color, 85’, Honorary Awards, Persian with English, Turkish subtitles
Director: Rakhshan Banietemad
Screenplay: Rakhshan Banietemad
Cinematography: Aziz Sa’ati
Editing: Abbas Ganjavi
Music: Ahmad Pezhman
Cast: Ezzatollah Entezami, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, Golab Adineh, Asfar Asadi, Jamshid Esmailkhani
Producer: Majid Madarresi
Production Company: Farabi Cinema Foundation
World Sales: Farabi Cinema Foundation
Rashul Ralman is the owner of a tomato farm, and he has set up a plant next to his farm. He has lost his wife several years ago, and now he lives alone. Nobar Kordani is a girl who has to support her family. Nobar is selected, along with several other women, for work on farm…
Born in 1954. She studied film directing at Tehran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. She worked for television, and pursued her career mostly in film business in the mid80s. She directed her feature debut “Kharej az Mahdude” in 1986. Being the first consistent female film director of the Iranian cinema, Banietemad scripted eight feature films, directed 17 films including both documentaries and fictions.
Turkey, 1985, DCP, Color, 79’, Honorary Awards, Turkish with English subtitles
Yönetmen Director: Bilge Olgaç Senaryo Screenplay: Bilge Olgaç Görüntü Yönetmeni Cinematography: Hüseyin Özşahin Kurgu Editing: Nevzad Dişiaçık Müzik Music: Timur Selçuk Oyuncular Cast: Halil Ergün, Yaprak Özdemiroğlu, Güler Ökten, Meral Orhonsay Yapımcı Producer: Şeref Gür, Zeki Ökten, Halil Ergün Yapım Şirketi Production Company: Şeref Film Dünya Hakları World Sales: Gülşah Film
In Gülüşan, Bilge Olgaç criticizes the inequality of men and women relationships in Anatolia, the humiliation of a woman’s barrenness, and the practice of sister-wifehood although it’s illegal. When Mestan is convinced that his two wives are barren because they can’t bear him a child, he starts to seek another wife. He kidnaps Gülüşan, a girl whom he thought was staring at him on the roadside. Upon their arrival at home, he realizes that she’s blind.
Bilge Olgaç was among the rare female filmmakers who pursued their careers in the maledominated Yeşilçam. After her debut feature “I’ll Nail The Three of You” (1965), she directed “Lynch” which marked the beginning of Olgaç’s Cinema, and gained her the Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Studio awards at the Adana Film Festival in 1970. She directed 40 films including Hunger (1974), Certainly One Day (1975), Spoon Enemy (1984), Gülüşan (1985), Silky (1987), The Shirt (1988) and Hope Was Always There (1991). In her films, she criticized the patriarchal society’s twisted perception of the women and the female sexuality, while creating real female characters as alternatives to Yeşilçam’s archetypes based on the patriarchal chastity concept and the manhood myth. She won the Grand Prize at the Créteil Women’s Film Festival for “Spoon Enemy.”
WANDERERS OF THE DESERT
Tunisie France, 1984, DCP, Color, 95’, Honorary Awards, Arabic with English, Turkish subtitles
Director: Nacer Khemir
Screenplay: Nacer Khemir
Cinematography: Georges Barsky
Editing: Moufida Tlatli
Music: Fethi Zgonda
Cast: Nacer Khemir, Hédi Daoud, Sonia Ichti, Hassen Khalsi, Noureddine Kasbaoui, Soufiane Makni, Jamila Ourabi, Mohsen Zazaa
Producer: Lotfi Layouni
Production Company: France Média, LATIF, Satpec
World Sales: Cinémathèque royale de Belgique
A young teacher is sent to an isolated village in the Tunisian desert. But instead of teaching, he vanishes in pursuit of enigmas, losing himself in the space and time of the fables and legends of ancient Arab culture. He falls in love with the sheikh’s daughter and lets himself be carried away by this world of sand and the Andalusian songs of the wanderers of the desert who spring from the sand and disappear into the sand, tracing an invisible line of separation between reality and dream. In this film, magic and reality are blended to celebrate the beauty of the desert.
Born in Korba, Tunisia, Nacer Khemir is a filmmaker, writer, calligrapher, painter and storyteller. From an early age, Khemir was fascinated by classical Arabic culture and by storytelling, and has cited ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ as a particular influence. Through his work, Khemir has thrown bridges between shores, between North and South, East and West. He has written and directed numerous films, which have won several international awards. Among them are his famous desert trilogy: ‘The Wanderers of the Desert’ (1984), ‘The Dove’s Lost Necklace’ (1990) and ‘Bab’Aziz, the Prince Who Contemplated His Soul’ (2005).