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Iran | 2015 | 90 minutes | Hadi Mohaghegh

In the deeply humane and gloriously cinematic tradition of Abbas Kiarostami, this story of a guilt-ridden old man and his grandson is also an affecting meditation on those things that make life worth living.

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When Ayaz, an elderly man living in an isolated village, causes an accident that kills his wife, his daughter, and her husband, his grief is such that he can't go on. Consumed with remorse, he is determined to take his own life. His surviving family members, however, are equally determined to stop him. What follows is a darkly comic tug of war as the disabled man fruitlessly pursues one suicide attempt after another, while his son and grandson try everything they can think of to reinstill his will to live. What gradually emerges is an affecting and bittersweet meditation on those things that makes life worth living. Firmly rooted in the Iranian cinematic tradition of narrative understatement, Immortal is a film that is primarily about its imagery. An extraordinary feat of visual storytelling, its lush photography celebrates the unexpected splashes of color that punctuate the arid landscape. The result of this remarkable marriage of story and image is profound, and won director Hadi Mohaghegh's sophomore feature the top prize, as well as the FIPRESCI award, at the Busan International Film Festival.

Director Biography
Hadi Mohaghegh started his artistic career in 1990 as a theater actor and director, and started filmmaking in 2010 for television. Immortal, his second feature film, premiered in competition at the Busan Film Festival 2015.

Sponsored by Sinikka and Babak Parviz, Michael and Neda Nassirian, UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Persian and Iranian Studies Program, AIBC, Kamiar and Afsaneh Karimi, Naini Family Foundation, Associates in Cultural Exchange, UW Iranian-American Faculty, Rumi Restaurant

  • Original Language Title: Mamiro
  • Director: Hadi Mohaghegh
  • Principal Cast: Yadollah Shadmani
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Reza Mohaghegh, Majid Barzegar
  • Screenplay: Hadi Mohaghegh
  • Cinematographers: Roozbeh Raiga
  • Editors: Majid Barzegar
  • Awards: Busan International Film Festival 2015 (New Currents Award, FIPRESCI Prize)
  • Filmography: Bardou (2013)
  • Language: Persian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Taat Films