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Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)

The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

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Abbas Kiarostami
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hossain Sabzian ... Himself
Mohsen Makhmalbaf ... Himself
Abolfazl Ahankhah Abolfazl Ahankhah ... Himself
Mehrdad Ahankhah Mehrdad Ahankhah ... Himself
Monoochehr Ahankhah Monoochehr Ahankhah ... Himself
Mahrokh Ahankhah Mahrokh Ahankhah ... Herself
Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi ... Herself
Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni ... Family Friend
Hossain Farazmand Hossain Farazmand ... Reporter
Hooshang Shamaei Hooshang Shamaei ... Taxi Driver
Mohammad Ali Barrati Mohammad Ali Barrati ... Soldier
Davood Goodarzi Davood Goodarzi ... Sergeant
Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi ... Judge
Hassan Komaili Hassan Komaili ... Court Recorder
Davood Mohabbat Davood Mohabbat ... Court Recorder
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Storyline

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian | Azerbaijani

Release Date:

30 October 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Close Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,670, 2 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,670, 2 January 2000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (2K restored version) (some scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the final scene outside the jail when Sabzian is surprised and touched to meet the real director he had been impersonating, Mohsan Makhmalbaf, we don't hear most of their talk because (we're told) the sound equipment was faulty. In reality, Kiarostami just didn't want to leave the dialogue in, because it didn't come off well: Sabzi was genuinely moved to meet his idol and spoke from his heart, but Makhmalbaf was just repeating scripted lines, so the dialogue didn't work. See more »

Goofs

When Sabzian and Makhmalbaf meet, there is a bundle in Sabzian's hand. He gets on the motorbike with the bundle in his hand. Later on, during their ride on the motorbike, the bundle is not there any more. See more »

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Wonderful and humane
8 October 2001 | by Marianthi_MSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful film of a very special kind. Not your average movie in the sense that it is highly realistic and its subject somehow pedestrian. But the humanity with which it is shot and delivered is amazing: a world of humility, pride and grace is portrayed which at the present time could be much more than what we expect. It brings home the fact that whatever we might think of people and their ability to act as horribly as possible, there's always art and the art of the heart.


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