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At Five in the afternoon

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A cinq heures de l'après-midi

At Five in the Afternoon

(Panj-e asr)

by Samira Makhmalbaf

Iran

 

A cinq heures de l'après-midi

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

Script: Samira Makhmalbaf, Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Cinematographer: Ebrahim Gafori

Editing: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Sound: Behroz Shahamat

Music: M.R. Darvishi

Cast: Agheleh Rezaie, A. Yousefrazi, Razi Mohebi, Marzieh Amiri

Production:
Makhmalbaf Film House
Exception Wild Bunch
Bac Films

Distribution:
Bac Films
88 rue de la Folie Mericourt
75011 Paris
Tel: 0033 1.53.53.52.52
Fax: 0033 1.53.53.06.73
Mail: programmation@bacfilms.fr
www.bacfilms.com

Year: 2003

35 mm, Colour, 106 min
OV Dar Persian with French Subtitles

Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Film Festival 2003

After the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, schools are reopened for girls. The main characters of the film, whose title is borrowed from Garcia Lorca, are an old man symbolising a fundamentalist Islam, his daughter-in-law who is the mother of a dying baby, and his daughter Noghreh, a young student yearning for emancipation to the extent of dreaming to become the President of the Republic. The part of Noghreh, fond of freedom in a country where tradition disapproves women, is remarkably played by a young widow, mother of three children.

After the events of September 11th and the turmoil of the media, Samira Makhmalbaf probes into the situation of Afghan people with a film both realistic and poetic.

"Cinema ignores boundaries…This film is not only about Afghanistan…Taliban are not only those who ruled Afghanistan for years. Taliban are the expression of our own backwardness". Samira Makhmalbaf.

 
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