(Tabestan-e Haman Saal)


Written & Directed by: Mahmoud Kalari

Producer: Ali Oji

Executive Producers: Ali Oji, Mehrdad Ebrahimi, Arman Moradi

Line Producer: Narges Mohammadi

DoP: Koohyar Kalari

Editor: Hamid Najafi Rad

Music: Hesam Naseri

Production Designer: Kamyab Aminashayeri

Costume Designer: Mehrnoush Bayani

Sound Designer: Alireza Alavian

Sound Engineer: Mahmoud Khorsand

Visual Effects: Amir Valikhani

Makeup: Mehrdad Mirkiani

Cast: Ali Shadman (Davoud), Fariba Naderi (Marzi), Ryan Sarlak (Ata), Ronika Bahramzadeh (Masi), Samira Hassanpour (Atiyeh), Roya Javidnia (Mahroo), Mahroo Nonahali (Mama Monir), Saber Abar (Amir), Pezhman Bazeghi (Shapoori), Nasim Adabi (Touran), Mehran Modiri (Crystal Gazer).

Iran, 2024, Arri Alexa Mini LF, DCP, 4K-2K, Color, 2.39:1, 5.1, 108 mins.

Language(s): Farsi

Current Status: Completed



It is all about these kids… these two kids, one little boy and one little girl, who were cousins, playing in an old house and the alleys of Tehran and didn’t know anything special about the turmoil in the city in 1953 – the year of the American coup in Iran. Living in the granny’s house, Atta and Masi, were experiencing how they should live when their daddies were absent. Atta’s dad was in prison and Masi‘s dad was dead. When their aunt, Marzi, accused Atta’s idol and Masi’s brother, Davoud, of burglary of her jewelry and made unwilling Atta to identify Davoud as the burglar in the mirror of a fortuneteller, their lives became upside down…

After decades, 77 year old Atta Ameri comes back to Iran to visit the old house and the everlasting childhood memories of love, admiration and betrayal.


Director’s View:

Thinking of what happens to Iranian people in the hard times, I always reflect on these verses by Nima Yooshij, father of modern Persian poetry:

What a lot of severe punishments

for which a small slip becomes an excuse!

Director’s Profile:

Born in 1951 in Tehran, Mahmoud Kalari has established himself as one of the most distinguished cinematographers in New Iranian Cinema working with renowned cineastes such as Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Asghar Farhadi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, winning four Best Cinematography Awards in Fajr National Film Festival.

Kalari started his artistic career in 1974, completed photography courses in New York and worked with Paris-based Sigma Photo News Agency. In 1980, he was ranked as one of the ’15 Best Photographers of the Year’ by Time Magazine and named “The Eye of Iran.”

In 1984, Kalari entered film industry as DoP of the film, FROSTY ROADS. In 1998, he directed his debut feature film, THE CLOUD AND THE RISING SUN, which won the Best Film Award at Mar del Plata IFF.

Feature Films: 1998- The Cloud and the Rising Sun; 2001- Dance with Dream; 2024- Summertime.


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