Ebrahim Hatamikia’s Bodyguard is exactly the type of film that the Iranian society craves. It is, if not the writer-director’s best film, the best film playing on Iranian screens today. Film critics at the 34th Fajr Festival considered Bodyguard one of the best works on display, and the audiences agreed, forcing multiple additional screenings of what became one of the most popular films at the festival. Bodyguard, which stars some of the biggest stars of Iranian cinema – including Parviz Parastuyi, Merila Zarei, Babak Hamidian, Mahmoud Azizi, Amir Aghayi and Sheila Khodadad – tells the story of Heidar, a bodyguard for the country’s high officials and a moral idealist, who is led to suspicion and doubt the more he faces the dark challenges of his position.
Bitter Dream, Mohsen Amiryousefi’s first film, was made in 2004. It’s a beautiful, subtly challenging film that grapples with themes of life and death but, like the rest of the director’s films, had remained in the censorship limbo for twelve years until now. In her review of this stylistically anarchist film, Variety’s Deborah Young dubbed the irony in the film’s humor “gentle” and called the film a strong personal calling card for Amiryousefi. Bitter Dream tells the story of an undertaker who is intensely afraid of death, with a quirky sense of humor that treats death with incisiveness and a light touch.
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