DEAD HEAT UNDER THE SHRUBS

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(Kavir-e Mrg) 2004-Banned

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DEAD HEAT UNDER THE SHRUBS
(KAVIR-E MARG)

 

Director: Esmael Barari
Iran, 2004, 71min
Format: 35mm
Category:
Narrative Feature

 

Cast:

 

Leila Booshehri, Abolfazl Ghorbani, Asieh Kalani, and with presence of local people

Crew:

Producer: Esmael Barari

Screenwriter: Davood Hosein

Editor: Ebrahim Keyhani

Cinematographer: Reza Razi

Original Music: Keyvan Jahanshahi

Sound: Ahmad Salehi

Sales:

Helen Dobrensky

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Synopsis
On just an ordinary day, a teenage boy happens to witness a woman dumping a dead body down a well near his village on the outskirts of the desert. Noticing his presence, the murderess decides to kill him, starting a deadly Marathon…

 

 

 

Filmmaker's note
“Jesus Christ saw a dead body on a path”
“He was surprised and bit his fingertip!”
“He asked : Who did you murder”
“To have been also murdered in such a mournful-way?”
“Then again somebody will kill the one who killed you.”

NASER KHOSRO (Iranian Classical Poet)

 

 

 

 

 

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Esmael Barari on set up of Dead Heat under the Shrubs. Photo by Behrouz Sadegi

 

 

Press Quotes

reviewed at CINEMA PARADISE Film Fest 04

 

Star Bulletin, by Tim Ryan


Iranian Director Esmael Barari places Hitchcock-like chase movie among stark desert scenery. Farsi, with English subtitles obviously created by non-native speaker. Very good!

Sneaking Suspicions [ Archives-- November 7-13, 2004 ], Fritz Schranck

 

 

2005 INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

 


Iranian storytellers have produced some of the best films ever made about the lives of children. Dead Heat Under the Shrubs, by new director Esmael Barari, throws a seemingly innocent boy together with a sketchy older woman to produce a taut, 71-minute tale of suspense.

http://www.indianapolisfilm.net/ Monday, April 18 2005 - Contributed by: Diana Lucy Rooks

 

 

12th RAINDANCE Film Festival's comment, Read entire article

 

 

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Festivals:

7th Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival, USA-New York
Cinema Paradise Film Festival, Hawaii/ 2004
12th Raindance Film Festival, UK
6th Panorama, Greece-Thessaloniki
49th Valladolid Int'l Film Festival, Spain
7th Rehoboth Beach Independent film Festival, USA-Delaware
1st annual Turks & Caicos, USA
4th Anchorage Film Festival, USA-Alaska
4th Tiburon International Film Festival, USA
Festival del Cine Pobre ,Cuba-Gibara / 2005
Indianapolis International Film Festival, USA
Int'l Fest. of Muslim Cinema"Golden Minbar", Russia-Kazan/ 2006

9th Mumbai International Film Festival ,India/ 2007

Awards

49th Valladolid International Film Festival: Winner, Audience Award Best Film


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