Radio Dreams
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    Radio Dreams

    Directed by

    USA, Iran

    2016

    91 min

    • English
    • Farsi

    Drama

    Hamid immigrates to the U.S. to pursue his writing career and the American Dream. Instead, he winds up working at a small Iranian radio station, seeking artistic satisfaction through the esoteric programming he puts together for his radio audience. Meanwhile, the owners of the station try to cash in on Hamid’s only program that they see fit for commercial success — the bringing together of an on-air jam session with Kabul Dreams and their long-time idols, Metallica. The ensuing collision between artistic integrity and crass commercialism resonates with hilarity and a poignant message, as Hamid fights to maintain a balance between his ambitions and his moral compass.

    Awards

    • Hivos Tiger Award - IFF Rotterdam
    • Special Jury Mention - Seattle IFF
    • Best Actor (Mohsen Namjoo) - Durban IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Mohsen Namjoo
    Lars Ulrich
    Sulyman Qardash
    Siddique Ahmed
    Raby Adib
    Mohamamad Talani
    Boshra Dastournezhad
    Screenplay
    Babak Jalali
    Aida Ahadiany
    Cinematography
    Noaz Deshe
    Editing
    Nico Leunen
    Babak Salek
    Music
    Mahmood Schricker
    Sales
    REEL SUSPECTS
    Production
    BUTIMAR PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    A culture-clash charmer.

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Babak Jalali

    Babak Jalali

    Iran

    I like generally things which happen in a short space of time.

    Born in Iran in 1978, Babak Jalali has lived in London since 1986. He studied Balkan and East European studies as well as politics at University College London and then attended London Film School. His debut feature film FRONTIER BLUES premiered in competition at Locarno and received multiple awards at international festivals. His second feature film RADIO DREAMS won the 2016 Hivos Tiger Awards Competition in Rotterdam. Jalali's most recent film, LAND (2018), had its world premiere in the Berlinale Panorama.

    Selected Filmography