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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

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Official Sites:

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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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A touch of of mystery and madness
2 June 2009 | by lyrxsfSee all my reviews

This movie is poetry in action. It has elements of the humorous, dark, ridiculous, sublime, mysterious, evocative all rolled in. The actual events shown somehow faded from the overall sense of poetic experience at the end of the movie. The music ranges from tragic to enchanting and it's a primary component of the movie. It is shown to have powers to bring back the dead. The landscapes shown are also stunning and stark. Its almost like the natural environment is designed for expression of grief – which reflects the political situation in the region. The final product is powerful. I would like to watch more from this Director – he definitely has a keen eye for the subtle. He has intelligently showcased optimism for life with its incumbent struggles and sometimes futility.


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