Shahab Hosseini, who won Best Actor at Cannes in 2016 for his layered, complex performance in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning The Salesman, is linked to starring in Mitra Tabrizian’s The Far Mountains.
A nuanced coming-of-age tale with allegorical pull, The Far Mountains marks Tabrizian’s sequel to her critically acclaimed debut film Gholam, also starring Hosseini, directed by The Guardian/Observer’s Mark Kermode as a film of the week was selected upon its release. Gholam was released theatrically in the UK and internationally on major VOD platforms.
Gholam Producer Zadoc Nava of London-based Stray Dog Films will direct The Far Mountains to Match Me! where it looks like one of its highlights. in the network initiative.
Written by Tabrizian and Cyrus Massoudi, co-writers of “Gholam” The Far Mountains is about Ali, a 12-year-old boy living in a small town in Iran whose mother disappeared when he was very young. His father has since married.
Troubled, craving his father’s attention, he loses the injured bird he has been diligently caring for and sets out to seek revenge, whatever the consequences.
“The Far Mountains” has already generated a lot of interest in the industry. Reinier Selen of Dutch production house Rinkel Film (“Nasir”, “Rafiki”) is co-producing from The Netherlands; BAFTA-winning producer Janine Marmot (Birdsong, Kelly + Victor) is executive producer.
Raphael Berdugo of Paris-based Cité Films, a classic art and crossover film distribution house, has acquired international distribution rights.
“This is a slightly different coming-of-age story – an allegorical story about the current situation in Iran with little/no future for the young generation,” commented Tabrizian.
“Ali, the ruthless 12-year-old, has to come to terms with his mother’s disappearance!” she said. “The film differs from the usual family drama – it focuses on the effects of the mother’s absence and not on the reasons for it. The mother has a significant presence. But we never know why she disappeared.”
She added: “In that respect it deviates from a more conventional narrative and, despite the influence, deviates from the ‘existential problem’ of Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura’, where the woman also disappears without explanation. In the context of Iran, the film raises another question: was her disappearance politically motivated? Many people disappeared during the Green Movement protests that erupted after Iran’s rigged 2009 elections.”
Hosseini has consistently received high praise for his achievements. Owen Gleiberman wrote in his diversity Criticism that “The Salesman” was “beautifully acted” by Hosseini and Taraneh Alidootsi, who plays his wife. “Shahab Hosseini is fascinating as an Iranian exile in London,” Kermode said of “Gholam.”
A British-Iranian artist-turned-writer-director, Tabrizian’s Short films include 2019’s The Insider, which was made in collaboration with Booker Prize winner Ben Okri and was commissioned by London Coronet Theater to accompany Albert Camus’ The Outsider, adapted for the stage by Okri. The film was also shown at the British Museum and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
As a photographer, Tabrizian is one of her solo museum exhibitions at Tate Britain in 2008. In 2021 she received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society for Innovation and Contribution to Photographic Art.
A former documentary, commercial and short film director, Zadoc produced Tabrizian’s previous short films including The Insider. He was accepted into the Berlin Talent Program
Featured in Film London’s inaugural Lodestar list of 25 of London’s most promising filmmakers and creative talents in 2017 and 2019.
https://variety.com/2022/film/global/shahab-hosseini-mitra-tabrizian-far-mountains-1235335209/ Shahab Hosseini stars in Mitra Tabrizian’s The Far Mountains