Archive of films Moment of Innocence / Nun va Goldoon

Iran / France
1996, 78 min

Section: Six Close Encounters
Year: 2015

Mark Cousins presents

At the age of seventeen Mohsen attended a protest rally and stabbed a policeman in self-defence. Twenty years later, now a well-known director, he holds an open casting for a film and his long-standing adversary turns up for the auditions as well. With the man’s help, Mohsen decides to reconstruct what happened in his new work and, in so doing, he endeavours to answer the questions which had weighed him down all this time.


One day a man stops by the family home of Mohsen Makhmalbaf (played by the director himself) who tells him he has an interest in one of the roles in his new film. Yet this isn’t the first time the two men have met. It turns out that the unexpected guest is the former policeman whom Mohsen stabbed twenty years earlier as he attempted to take his gun during a revolt against the shah’s regime. Although the director could never have predicted it, this dramatic event, which fundamentally influenced the lives of both men, serves as the theme of a film in which the protagonists decide to reconstruct the past. Makhmalbaf, who was sentenced to a five-year prison term in the 1970s, tells a powerful story where he examines his own history while providing a vehement commentary on the political atmosphere of the time. Today the director’s testimony has lost nothing of its urgency, and the combination of his documentary and feature-film approaches renders A Moment of Innocence a highly respected contribution to world cinema.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (b. 1957) was born in a deprived suburb of Tehran. In his young days he was part of the radical Islamic opposition movement and, after spending some five years in prison, he decided to forge a filmmaking career. Many of his almost thirty films have played at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the IFFs in Cannes, Venice and Locarno, nevertheless they were frequently banned back in Iran. Together with Jafar Panahi and Abbas Kiarostami he is one of the best known representatives of the Iranian New Wave. In 2009, three years after Makhmalbaf emigrated, his works were banned altogether in Iran. Selected filmography: The Cyclist (1989), A Moment of Innocence (1996), The Silence (1998), Kandahar (2001), Scream of the Ants (2006), and The President (2014). His daughters Samira and Hana Makhmalbaf are also film directors.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Six Close Encounters
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Screenplay: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Dir. of Photography: Mahmoud Kalari
Music: Madjid Entezami
Editor: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Art Director: Reza Alagheband
Producer: Abolfazi Alagheband
Production: Makhmalbaf Productions
Coproduction: MK2 Productions
Cast: Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ali Bakhsi
Sales: Makhmalbaf Film House

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