Castle of Dreams

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    Castle of Dreams

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    86 min

    • Persian


    Scope Expanded - Awards

    When mom is terminally ill at the hospital, dad comes along after the long years of absence. Anxious and hesitant, he has got no way but taking his son and his daughter away. But to which destination when he has not managed to build the castle of dreams drawn by mom for the children?


    • Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Hamed Saberi Behdad) - Shanghai IFF
    • Best Script, Best Original Score - Fajr FF


    Hamed Behdad
    Zhila Shahi
    Azadeh Nobahari
    Nioosha Alipour
    Youna Tadayyon
    Akbar Ayeen
    Mohsen Gharaei
    Mohammad Davoudi
    Morteza Hodaie
    Reza Mirkarimi
    Amin Honarmand


    Subtly written and sensitively directed, CASTLE OF DREAMS nimbly teases out the meaning of fatherhood and the responsibility it entails.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Reza Mirkarimi

    Reza Mirkarimi


    Reza Mirkarimi was born in 1967 in Tehran and graduated in Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts University. His cinema activities began in 1987 with a series of shorts followed by two TV series aimed at young people. His first feature, THE CHILD AND THE SOLDIER (1999), won several national and international awards, including the Golden Butterfly at Isfahan International Children and Teenagers Film Festival, the Montgolfiere d'Argent at the 2000 Festival of 3 Continents in Nantes, France, as well the Golden Shoe at the Children and Teenagers Film Festival in Zelin, Croatia in 2001. His second feature UNDER THE MOONLIGHT won the Best Feature Award at the 40th Semaine de la Critique as well as the Best Director Award and the Special Jury Prize at Tokyo IFF in 2001. His fifth feature, AS SIMPLE AS THAT won the 2008 Golden St George Best Film Award at Moscow IFF. Three of his films have been presented by Iran for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: SO CLOSE, SO FAR, A CUBE OF SUGAR and TODAY. His feature DAUGHTER won several awards at Moscow IFF in 2016. His latest film CASTLE OF DREAMS won the Best Feature Film , Best Director and Best Actor awards at Shanghai IFF in 2019.

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