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Bab'Aziz (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 May 2006 (Hungary)
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 ... See full summary »

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 Graïaa Mohamed Graïaa ... Osman (as Mohammed Grayaa)
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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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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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:

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$263,447
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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 The Dove's Lost Necklace (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bab Aziz
Duduk: Levon Minassian
Kemenche: J.P. Nergararian (Jean-Pierre Nergararian)
© 2013 Quad
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A vast and lush feast for the eyes and for the heart
15 January 2006 | by hurstdragnSee all my reviews

I saw this dazzling work of art at the Palm Springs film festival January 10 and it got my vote for best film of the week. It was as beautiful as it was touching and funny. Maryam Hamid gave a flawless performance as the charming and sweet Ishtar. Parviz Shaminkhou was superb as her determined and caring dervish grandfather. Blind but not sightless, he finds his way across the constantly changing terrain guided only by his heart, in search of that place he is meant to be. The hypnotizing music of Armand Amar was the perfect accompaniment to the stunning Tunisian landscape where each scene was more magnificent than the next; a dream within a dream. Do not miss this film.


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