Bone Marrow

(Maghz-e Ostokhan)


Directed by: Hamid Reza Ghorbani

Written by: Ali Zarnegar

Producer: Hossein Pourmohammadi

Executive Producer: Kamran Hejazi

Production Manager: Mehdi Cheraghi

Director of Photography: Morteza Gheidi

Editors: Hayedeh Safiyari, Maryam Naraghi

Music: Babak Mirzakhani

Production Designer: Amir Hossein Ghodsi

Costume Designer: Hoda Mirzaee

Sound Designer: Amir Hossein Ghasemi

Sound-recordist: Vahid Moghadasi

Make-up: Mahmoud Dehghani

Cast: Parinaz Izadyar (Bahar), Babak Hamidian (Hossein), Javad Ezati (Majid), Navid Pourfaraj (Amir), Behrouz Shoeibi (Nasrabadi), Ahmad Saatchian (Dr. Shahsavari), Alireza Mirsalari (Payam).

Iran, 2020-21, Arri Alexa Mini , DCP, 2K, Color, 2.1, 5.1, 107 mins.

Language(s): Farsi.

Current Status: International Premiere.



When everyone believes there is no hope for her terminally ill son, Bahar finds out that there would be a very small chance to save his life using the cord blood. Understanding that she has got a little time to proceed with this, she must make a vital decision: either to stay with her beloved second husband and say farewell to her son or get a divorce, remarry her first husband and give birth to a child only for the sake of the cord blood. Everything seems more complicated when she learns that her first husband is out of the mental hospital, but sentenced to death for first degree murder…

Director’s View:

“Or what? Why don’t you say it? It’s hard to say, isn’t it? But I have to think about it every night! It’s my nightmare. You can’t understand how…”

Director’s Profile:

Born in 1968 in Tehran, Hamid Reza Ghorbani is a graduate of Communication Science. He has been active as editor and director of TV documentaries and series.

After working as assistant director (most notably in Asghar Farhadi’s films such as ABOUT ELLY and A SEPARATION), he made the TV movie, THREE FISH, which brought him a number of national and international awards. In 2016, Ghorbani made his debut feature, A HOUSE ON 41ST, which was well received in the international scene. BONE MARROW is his second feature film.

Feature Films: 2016- A HOUSE ON 41ST; 2020-21- BONE MARROW.


Festivals and Awards:

1- Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada – October 2021).

2- Iranian Film Festival Zurich (Switzerland – May 2022).

  • Main Competition.

3- Asian Film Festival Barcelona (Spain – November 2022).

  • Official Section.

4- Hanoi International Film Festival (Vietnam – November 2022).

  • Best Director Award.
  • NETPAC Prize.

5- Golden FEMI Film Festival (Bulgaria – June 2023).

  • Competition.

6- International IMAGO Film Festival of Civitella del Tronto 2023 (Italy – July 2023).

  • International Feature Films.
  • Lauren Bacall Award for the Best Actress (Parinaz Izadyar).
  • Billy Wilder Award for the Best Script (Ali Zarnegar).

7- Cinemalaya 19 – Philippine Independent Film Festival (Philippines – August 2023).

  • Visions of Asia.


External Links:

1- Vancouver International Film Festival Website.

2- Craig Takeuchi’s Review in THE STRAIGHT.


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