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Half Moon (2006)

Niwemang (original title)
Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he... See full summary »

Director:

Bahman Ghobadi

Writers:

Bahman Ghobadi, Behnam Behzadi (scenarist) (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ismail Ghaffari Ismail Ghaffari ... Mamo
Allah-Morad Rashtian Allah-Morad Rashtian
Farzin Sabooni Farzin Sabooni
Kambiz Arshi Kambiz Arshi
Mohamad Nahid Mohamad Nahid
Sadiq Behzadpoor Sadiq Behzadpoor
Ali Ashraf Rezai Ali Ashraf Rezai
Reza Haj Khosravi Reza Haj Khosravi
Bahram Zarei Bahram Zarei
Hediyeh Tehrani ... Hesho (as Hedieh Tehrani)
Golshifteh Farahani ... Niwemang
Hassan Pourshirazi Hassan Pourshirazi
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Storyline

Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he sets out for the long and troublesome journey in a derelict bus, denying a recurring vision of his own death at half moon. Halfway the party halts at a small village to pick up female singer Hesho, which will only add to the difficulty of the undertaking, as it is forbidden for Iranian women to sing in public, let alone in the company of men. But Mamo is determined to carry through, if not for the gullible antics of the bus driver. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t_prod@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

Austria | France | Iran | Iraq

Language:

Kurdish | Persian

Release Date:

14 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kurdistan, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,126, 16 December 2007

Gross USA:

$2,528

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$248,749
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Bahman Ghobadi's 4th feature film. See more »

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Grim Torture
5 October 2014 | by roedygSee all my reviews

It is a story about a famous elderly patriarch tyrant going a journey with his ten sons from Iran to Kurdish Iraq to give one final concert.

On the way he repeatedly encounters police and military who vandalise and terrorise just for the sheer pleasure of bullying.

The route is a bleak mountainous landscape. I could not imagine even a goat eking a living much less people. Everyone is dirty and unkempt and not completely sane. The singers smoke and hack up phlegm.

They wish to have a female singer to accompany them, but even travelling while female is illegal. It is infuriating not being able to smash the ignorant thugs who enforce this stupid law.

It goes from bad to worse to worse to even worse. The concert never happens. This is a gruelling film. The characters evoke pity rather than sympathy. One of the sons has a pet cockerel that looks a bit like a miniature dinosaur. Not even he is spared the gratuitous cruelty.


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