Archive of films Goodbye Life / Shab Bekheir Farmandeh

Iran
2006, 93 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2006

The terrors of war as seen through the eyes of a fragile reporter who manages to overcome her thoughts of suicide on the battle field. This Iranian drama tells of the beautiful Maryam who enters the mayhem of the Iran-Iraq war as a reporter. Her time spent in the devastated desert landscape, armies spilling over from one side to the other depending on which has the upper hand, totally changes her vision of the world.


Synopsis

A film which describes the terrors of war as seen through the eyes of a fragile reporter who manages to overcome her thoughts of suicide on the battle field. This drama, conceived as harsh “psychotherapy”, tells of the beautiful Maryam who, after her unsuccessful marriage, thinks of committing suicide in a way which would at least be of some use to others. She thus enters the Iran-Iraq war as a reporter. Her time spent in the devastated desert landscape, armies spilling over from one side to the other depending on which has the upper hand, totally changes her vision of the world. She is surrounded by suffering and pain, even in the village where she goes to find shelter after her unit is massacred. A wedding in the village ends in tragedy. The close of the film again finds Maryam at the front, where she comes across her friend, the commander Beshar.

About the director

Ensieh Shah-Hosseini (b. 1954, Gorgan, Iran) made her second feature film, about a woman who chooses life instead of death, on the basis of her own experiences as a reporter during the Iran-Iraq war. Her memories of the years 1980–1988 materialise in Goodbye Life in naturalistic shots of vast numbers of dead bodies and also via “billboard” shots of a wide open space covered with military helmets; these reminiscences were also the basis for the documentary War Refugees. Ensieh Shah-Hosseini is also a writer, screenwriter and documentarist: her short film Deadline from 2000 won the top award at the Women’s Film Festival in Seoul a year later. She made her feature debut Goodbye Life in 2006.

Contacts

Sheherazad Media International
1, 3rd Sarvestan, Pasdaran Str., Shariati Ave., 16619, Tehran
Iran
Tel: +98 21 228 632 60, +98 21 228 632 61
Fax: +98 21 228 589 62
E-mail: sheherazad@smediaint.com
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
   
Director: Ensieh Shah-Hosseini
Screenplay: Ensieh Shah-Hosseini
Dir. of Photography: Nader Ma’soumi
Music: Saeid Ansari
Editor: Kaveh Imani
Producer: Seyyed Saeid Seyyedzadeh
Production: Soureh Cinema Organization
Cast: Ladan Mostofi, Mohammad Mokhtari, Esmat Reza-Pour
Contact: Sheherazad Media International

Guests

Ensieh Shah-Hosseini

Film Director

Katayoon Shahabi

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