Contemporary World Cinema
Iran / 2004 / Farsi dialogue with English subtitles / Colour and Black & White / 35 mm / 87 minutes
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Dubbed 'the first Iranian black comedy', Mohsen Amiryoussefi's debut feature film won a special mention from the jury at this year's Cannes film Festival, and has gone on since to acclaim at festivals cemetery's real-life employees, it tell the story of Esfandiar, a bad-tempered body-washer who comes face-to-face with Ezrael (the angel of death). With his life flashing before his eyes-often, surreally, through his beloved black-and-white television-Esfandiar is forced to reconsider the way he treats his colleagues and friends. <I>Bitter Dream </I>is an example of the increasing diversity of Iranian cinema; its 32-year-old director is one to watch.


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