Archive of films The Last Winter / Zemestane akhar

2012, 77 min

Section: Focus on Kurdish Film
Year: 2013

The mayor feels responsible for the depopulated village, whereas his wife spends her time embroidering and waiting for the return of their missing son from the army. A visually sophisticated parable about people for whom time has stopped, who hold onto their resigned way of life; they have found their own way to come to terms with family tragedy.


The former mayor still feels responsible for the depopulated village he once served: many of his neighbors have left since they dammed the valley, and he takes care of their property. His cheerful wife Baji, on the other hand, spends her time embroidering, although her eyes aren’t so good, and sometimes she reads a letter from their son Barzan, sent while he was serving in the military years before. Barzan’s betrothed Seyran no longer has to wait; she can marry. One family after another keeps leaving the village. The couple live respectably, looking after each other as well as their home and their land. One day a trio of young mountain climbers takes refuge in their house. A blizzard is coming.… An allegory about people for whom time has stopped, who are unable to change their resigned way of life and who find it difficult to come to terms with family tragedy. Director Salem Salavati realized the film as an expanded version of his previous short Snowy Dreams, with the same picturesque winter scenery, calm, realistic style, and a visual sophistication approximating the artistic culture of Iranian Kurdistan.

About the director

Salem Salavati (b. 1975, Iranian Kurdistan) works as a screenwriter, cameraman, and director. He has shot the short films My Beautiful Son Will Be the King (Pesaye zibaye man pasha mishavad, 2008), Going (Raftan, 2010), and Kites without Wind (2011), among others. As director of photography his credits include Kick Off (Shwenek bu yari, 2009), which is being presented in the retrospective. His two feature films are The Departure Time (Zamane raftan, 2012) and The Last Winter, the new, feature-length version of his earlier short film Snowy Dreams (2008). As a writer-director his themes usually focus on life in remote areas of the world and life in exile. His films have earned him around 50 awards at home and abroad.


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About the film

Color, HD CAM
European premiere

Section: Focus on Kurdish Film
Director: Salem Salavati
Screenplay: Salem Salavati
Dir. of Photography: Salah Karimi
Music: Payman Salimfard
Editor: Salem Salavati
Producer: Sana Hosein Panahi
Production: Kurd Channel of Iran
Cast: Jaffar Shaikhahmadi, Asiyeh Moradizar, Masoud Yousefi
Contact: Setak Film Sanandaj


Salem Salavati

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