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Le Ballon blanc

The White Balloon

(Badkonak-e sefid)

by Jafar Panahi

Iran

 

Le Ballon blanc

Director: Jafar Panahi

Script: Abbas Kiarostami after an original idea by Jafar Panahi and Parviz Shahbazi

Cinematographer: Farzad Jowdat

Editing: Jafar Panahi

Sound: Mojtaba Mortazavi, Saïd Ahmadi

Cast: A. Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kalifi, F. Sadr Orfani, Anna Bourkowska, M. Shahani, M. Bakhtiari

Production: Irib

Distribution:
Diaphana
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Year: 1995

35 mm, Colour, 85 mn, 
OV Farsi with French Subtitles

Directors' Forthnight - Cannes Film Festival 1995
Caméra d'or

On 21st March every year, on the first day of spring, Nowrooz is celebrated in Iran.

Razieh is a seven-year-old girl who dreams to have a goldfish, in the tradition of the festival. With the help of her brother, she convinces her mother to give her last banknote, and rushes to buy this fish she dreams of which is far more beautiful than those in the family pond. In the city's crowded streets, she loses her money. She searches the whole place; time is short before the festival starts. Suddenly, she sees the note behind a cellar window. It is impossible to catch it. Her brother helps her to call upon the nearby shop keeper, a serviceman, this is unsuccessful. The solution comes from a young Afghan boy, a refugee, who sells balloons.

The White Balloon was selected at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes Festival in 1995 where the film got the Caméra d'Or Award.

 

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