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    Bedoone Tarikh, Bedoone Emza

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    Iran

    2017

    104 min

    • Farsi

    Drama

    The forensic pathologist Dr Nariman, a principled and virtuous man, has an accident with a motorcyclist and his family, and injures his 8-year-old son. He pays compensation to the man and offers to take the child to a clinic nearby. The next morning, he finds out that the same little boy has been brought in for an autopsy. Dr Nariman faces a dilemma now: is he responsible for the child’s death due to the accident or he died of food poisoning according to other doctors’ diagnostic?

    Awards

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    • Best Director, Best Actor (Orizzonti) - Venice IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award, Special Jury Award Silver Alexander - Thessaloniki IFF
    • Best Script - Stockholm IFF
    • Special Mention (Navid Mohammadzadeh) - Asia Pacific Screen Awards
    • Iranian Submission for the 91st Academy Awards

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    Credits

    Cast
    Navid Mohammadzadeh
    Amir Aghaee
    Zakieh Behbahani
    Saeed Dakh
    Alireza Ostadi
    Hediyeh Tehrani
    Screenplay
    Ali Zarnegar
    Vahid Jalilvand
    Cinematography
    Peyman Shadmanfar
    Editing
    Vahid Jalilvand
    Sepehr Vakili
    Music
    Peyman Yazdanian

    Director's Statement

    I read a quote from Rolf Dobelli somewhere, “Those who were bold and brave were killed before they could transfer their gene to the next generations. The rest, that is the coward and the considerate, survived. We are their progenies.” We have made weird images of the cowards in our mind, but they are in fact exactly like us. Perhaps they are even the reprint of our behaviour; the cruel behaviour that we have justified in the name of wisdom. How many times so far our fear and inability to express the simple truth has triggered a big calamity in others’ life? I don’t know what I would do if I was in place of the protagonist doctor, but I remember vividly much simpler moments when I lost to my fears and doubts wisely. This film might be an elegy on the grave of a man once I dreamt to be.

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    Press

    Every word packs a punch.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    A beautifully shot psychological drama with comprehension issues.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Vahid Jalilvand

    Vahid Jalilvand

    Iran

    Vahid Jalilvand was born in Tehran in 1976. He is a graduate of Tehran University in Theater Directing. Jalilvand started his career as a theatre actor and made his stage debut when he was only 15. He worked in the Iranian State TV Channels as an editor and as a TV director. He directed more than 30 documentaries in social and industrial fields. WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 is his first feature film as a director, and his second one as an actor.

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