Roaming in the Mist

Bahram Tavakkoli is among young Iranian directors who have started with making short films. Before making his first feature, Barefoot in Paradise, he had become renowned for his short films. His first film was about a religious person who voluntarily enters a quarantine center of AIDS patients to assist its staff. When facing a number of patients and befriending them, he doubts his own beliefs. This film won a number of main prizes after its first screening in Fajr Festival. Three years later, Tavakkoli has made his second feature on the basis of a different story. Roaming in the Mist is about a young composer who marries his beloved woman; a stage performer. Following marriage, they face many problems which cause the man to lose his job. His wife also leaves him. Shahab Hosseini and Leila Hatami have been cast in the main roles; they were chosen as the best actor and actress in the latest edition of Fajr Festival. Hamid Khozouei Abyaneh, the famous Iranian cinematographer, is among crewmembers; he had already worked with Tavakkoli in Barefoot in Paradise. The young director was supposed to make a film about Sheikh Shahaboddin Sohrevardi, but that project was aborted when government withdrew its support. Sohrevardi is one of the greatest mystics of Iran and Islam who has founded “Illumination” school of thought. Other crewmembers include Mehdi Saleh Kermani (sound recordist), Babak Karimi (production manager), Saeed Malekan (makeup artist), and Javad Norouz Beigi (producer). In addition to Shahab Hosseini and Leila Hatami, other roles have been played by Massoud Rayegan, Ahmad Sa’atchian, Azadeh Riyazi, and Sam Rend.

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