Saturday, November 7, 2015

The White Balloon [بادکنک سفید badkonake sefid] (1995) - (dir: Jafar Panahi) US one-sheet

The White Balloon (1995) - (dir: Jafar Panahi) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 40" US one-sheet poster for the 1995 Jafar Panahi film The White Balloon original Persian title بادکنک سفید Badkonake sefid written by Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi and starring Aida Mohammadkhani as the little girl Razieh, from whose point of view the entire story is told. Plot summary: The Iranian New Year has arrived and according to cultural ritural, everyone must have a goldfish. Razieh can get a free one from her family's courtyard pond, but she thinks those are too skinny. She wants a fat one costing 100 tomans she has seen in a store's display window. Her family thinks this is too much money to spend on a goldfish, but after a lot of pleading she persuades her mother to give it to her. She almost loses it twice, then drops it into a cellar through an open sidewalk grate; the money is now visible but inaccessible.

The film has won many prizes including the Golden Camera Award at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival; it was rated by The Guardian as one of the 50 best family films of all time. Jafar Panahi, the film's director, was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to six years in prison (later reduced to one year) for crimes against Iran's national security and for making propaganda against the government in his work as a filmmaker in response to the 2009 election of Mahmoud Ahmadinezhad as Iran's president. He was also subjected to a 20-year ban on working as a filmmaker. For more see Wikipedia's article on Panahi.

Cast and crew: Jafar Panahi, Abbas Kiarostami, Parviz Shahbazi, Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kalifi, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaly, Anna Bourkowska, Mohammad Shahani, Mohammed Bakhtiar, Aliasghar Barzegar, Hasan Neamatolahi, Bosali Bahary, Mohammadreza Baryar, Shaker Hayely, Homayoon Rokani, Mohammad Farakani

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