Pennilessness is the second feature film by Hamid Ne’matollah after his successful production, Boutique (2003). Before making Boutique, Ne’matollah worked as a journalist for a while and then became an assistant to seasoned Iranian director, Massoud Kimiaei. Boutique was an inexpensive film about true situation of the Iranian youth. Main roles were played by Mohammad Reza Golzar and Golshifteh Farahani. After Boutique, Ne’matollah did not make any film for a couple of years and critics maintained that enthusiasm shown for his first feature by viewers has made him fastidious about his new films. When Ne’matollah was making Boutique, nobody knew him. After that film, however, he became a famous figure and it was probably for that reason that when he started to make his second film, famous actors accepted to appear in his work. Bahram Radan, Leila Hatami, Habib Rezaei, Amir Ja'fari, Siamak Ansari, and Babak Hamidian are famous actors who appear in Pennilessness. Alireza Zarrindast, one of the most experienced Iranian photographers, is director of photography. Other crewmembers include Eshaq Khanzadi (sound recordist), Keivan Moqaddam (production designer), and Azam Bayat (makeup designer). Pennilessness is about a young couple who need money. Unlike tragic tone of Boutique, this is a realistic film with comic situations.

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