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WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

THE WHITE MEADOWS

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
FEATURE NARRATIVE 93 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE WHITE MEADOWS

Writer/director Mohammad Rasoulof (Iron Island, Head Wind, TFF '08) expertly weaves poetry, mythology, metaphor, and the absurd to tell the fable-like story of Rahmat, who sails from island to island on salt-filled Lake Urmia to collect tears as people unburden their sorrows into glass jars. It is said that the tears are turned into pearls and their sins are atoned for, but Rahmat's intentions remain an enigma. The first community he encounters is about to bury an attractive and possibly promiscuous woman in a salt cave. At his next stop a childlike dwarf is chosen to deliver the jars of sorrow down a well before sunrise. As punishment for not wanting an arranged marriage, a desperate adolescent is literally married off to the sea. Finally, an artist is incarcerated simply for using a different color to portray the monotone landscape.

Moody and elegant, this mesmerizing film can either be a cinematic statement on the dangers of conformity, theocratic social norms, and the collective condition of Iran or simply one man's mythology translated to the screen.

On March 2, 2010, Mohammad Rasoulof was arrested in Iran along with prominent filmmaker Jafar Panahi and 14 others as part of the recent crackdown in response to post-election disputes.

Drama
About the Director(s)
Mohammad Rasoulof was born in Shiraz, Iran. He studied sociology and made a number of short films. His feature films include the docudrama Gogooman (2002), the multiple award-winning Iron Island (2005), and the documentary Head Wind, about Iran's restrictions on using satellites and the Internet.
Special Note

 



Co-presented by  ARTeEAST

 


Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    93 minutes
  • Language:
    Farsi
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Younes Ghazali, Hassan Pourshirazi, Mohammad Rabbani, Mohammad Shirvani, Omid Zare, Ava Darvishi
  • Director:
    Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Screenwriter:
    Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Producer:
    Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Editor:
    Jafar Panahi
  • Director of Photography:
    Ebrahim Ghafouri
  • Composer:
    Mahammadreza Ghasemi
  • Sound Engineer:
    Amir Hosein Ghasemi
  • Sound Recordist:
    Mohammad Mokhtari
  • Set Design:
    Shahram Karimi

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