Archive of films Twenty / Bist

2009, 88 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2009

Only twenty days remain before the closure of a small restaurant, and its staff, for whom working for Mr Soleimani means much more than a mere source of income, decide to do something about it. The initial tragi-comic situation turns into a moving psychological drama not only about people, but also about the place and age in which they live.


Twenty. That’s how many days remain before Mr. Soleimani closes his reception hall. The hall hosts mainly mourning receptions (and occasionally a wedding), and the sorrow they invariably bring has drained the owner so much that his psychologist has recommended closing down his business immediately. His employees, however, view his visits to a real estate broker with great suspicion, and the announcement of the hall’s sale and subsequent demolition completely crushes them. They are five ordinary people for whom the reception hall is more than a job. The disabled cook, whose wife helps out in the kitchen for no pay, even sleeps in the hall’s basement. For a young widow with a little girl, her job at the hall is the only refuge in a world run by men. And both waiters carefully hide from their boss that they have nowhere to go. The closing of the hall is a threat which each of them, in his or her own way, tries to thwart.... This subtle, psychological drama, masterfully walking the line between comedy and tragedy, creates a world of caring characters eloquently imprinted by the world of modern Iran.

About the director

Abdolreza Kahani (b. 1973, Neishabour, Iran) was involved in theater from the age of 13, and he began his film career two years later. After shooting his first short film, The Smile (1988), he earned a bachelor’s degree in acting from Teheran’s Azad University, then a master’s in direction from Teheran University. In 2002 he shot his first feature-length documentary, Empty Hands, followed a year later by the video feature Dance with the Moon. His feature debut Adam, a mystical story about a village visited by death after a long absence, premiered in 2007. His second, black-and-white feature, Over There (Aan Ja, 2008), treats marital relations. It was awarded the main prize Golden Alexander at the Thessaloniki festival.


Iranian Independents
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Abdolreza Kahani
Screenplay: Abdolreza Kahani, Hossein Mahkam
Dir. of Photography: Massoud Salami
Music: Amir-Ali Vajed Samie
Editor: Shima Monfared
Producer: Pouran Derakhshandeh
Cast: Parviz Parastui, Mahtab Karamati, Ali-Reza Khamseh, Mehran Ahmadi, Ali-Reza Hosseini, Fereshteh Sadr Orafai, Habib Rezaie
Contact: Iranian Independents


Abdolreza Kahani

Film Director

Mohammad Atebbai

Sales Agent

Mahtab Keramati

Actor, Actor

Samira Alaei



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