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A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
"Zamani barayé masti asbha" (original title)

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Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.



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Cast overview:
Ayoub Ahmadi ...
Rojin Younessi ...
Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini ...
Madi Ekhtiar-dini ...
Kolsolum Ekhtiar-dini
Karim Ekhtiar-dini
Rahman Salehi
Osman Karimi
Nezhad Ekhtiar-dini


After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, needs an immediate operation in order to remain alive. This heartbreaking tale shows the lengths to which a family will go in order to survive in the harshest of conditions, where even the horses are fed liquor in order to work. Written by Jonathan Beebe <>

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Release Date:

13 September 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Un tiempo para caballos borrachos  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$42,188 (USA) (27 October 2000)


$700,159 (USA) (4 May 2001)

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1.66 : 1
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The first feature film in Kurdish, a language which was banned in Iranian schools since the 1940s, to achieve an international release. See more »


Remake of Zendegi dar meh (1999) See more »

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Another great movie from Iran
12 January 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Beautiful movie about the Kurdish people, living in the mountains separating Iran, Iraq and Turkey. Strong performances by the children in this movie. Look at Amaneh's eyes and tell me that you don't see the desperation. Another film in the tradition of Gabbeh and The Children of Heaven. Simple but poignant.

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