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FRONTIER BLUES (first feature)

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FRONTIER BLUES

FRONTIER BLUES

original title:

FRONTIER BLUES

directed by:

cast:

Abolfazl Karimi, Mahmoud Kalteh, Khajeh Araz Dordi, Behzad Shahrivari, Karima Adebibe, George Hashemzadeh, Hossein Shams

screenplay:

cinematography:

Shahriar Assadi

editing:

Babak Jalali, Kambiz Saffari

set design:

Marjan Golzar

production:

country:

Italy/UK/Iran

year:

2009

film run:

95'

format:

35mm - colour

aspect ratio:

1:1.85

sound:

Dolby Digital

festival & awards:

Frontier Blues features 4 intertwined stories all set in Iran’s northern frontier with Turkmenistan, a region that has long been neglected in Iranian cinema, interesting not only for its magnificent, forlorn landscape but also for its multi-ethnic population of Persians, Turkmens and Kazakhs. Alam is a 28 year-old Turkmen man who lives with his father and works on a chicken farm. He is teaching himself English in order to marry a girl called Ana and take her to Baku. Hassan is a 28 year-old Persian man who lives with his uncle. His only companions are his pet donkey and a tape player. Kazem, Hassan’s uncle, owns a clothing store but the clothes he tries to sell never seem to fit anyone. A 55 year-old Turkmen minstrel is the subject of a book of photography by a photographer from Tehran. His wife was kidnapped by a shepherd in a green Mercedes many years ago.