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Bab'Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)

Bab'Aziz (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 May 2006 (Hungary)
The story of a blind dervish Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years.

Director:

Nacer Khemir

Writers:

Tonino Guerra (collaboration), Nacer Khemir
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parviz Shahinkhou Parviz Shahinkhou ... Bab'Aziz
Maryam Hamid Maryam Hamid ... Ishtar
Golshifteh Farahani ... Nour
Mohamed Grayaâ Mohamed Grayaâ ... Osman
Hossein Panahi Hossein Panahi ... Red Dervish
Nessim Khaloul Nessim Khaloul ... Zaid
Hessam Hassanipour Hessam Hassanipour ... Hassan
Hamed Hassanipour Hamed Hassanipour ... Hossein
Morteza Zare Morteza Zare ... Ramadan
Mohsen Ghazi Moradi Mohsen Ghazi Moradi ... Intendant
Ali Asghar Nejat Ali Asghar Nejat ... The Horse Rider
Kaveh Khodashenas Kaveh Khodashenas ... Prince
Jahan Souz Fouladi Jahan Souz Fouladi ... Old Prince Dervish
Abdelmajid Lakhal Abdelmajid Lakhal ... Old Calligrapher / Calligrapher
Razi Amiri Razi Amiri ... The Smuggler
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Storyline

Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own--including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. A fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Language:

Persian | Arabic

Release Date:

11 May 2006 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Bab'Aziz: Le Prince Qui Contemplait Son Âme See more »

Filming Locations:

Iran See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,286, 10 February 2008

Gross USA:

$89,672

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$353,119
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Red dervish: Sweep with your soul, before your beloved's door. Only then will you become her lover.
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Connections

Follows Wanderers of the Desert (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Song Of The Prophet
by Armand Amar
© 2013 Quad
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Westerner's graphic guide to Mysticism
6 September 2006 | by pejhmanSee all my reviews

Although there are moments when the movie may seem to progress slowly; nonetheless it kept the audience at the cinema glued to their seats. I went to watch the movie twice. It did not attract huge audiences; which in great part may be due to its lack of adequate advertising; but those few who did come to see the movie were glued to their seats. The movie has two great features. One is the soul stirring choice of music and its perfect adaptation to the scenes. Secondly, the movie successfully achieves the difficult undertaking of introducing and explaining in graphic terms and with simple stories the almost exclusively Oriental world of mysticism. The setting might not reflect the physical or material reality of the East, but it definitely does add to the magic and facilitates the viewer's transit from the material world outside to the spiritual world within. Highly recommended.


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