IFFA 2012, Feature Film

Mourning (Soog) - 2011

A couple is driving their young nephew back to Tehran for the funeral of his parents, killed in a car accident the previous evening.  They are at pains not to let the boy know, all the while needing to discuss the matter themselves. But a traumatic incident and three people confined in a car on a long road trip is a recipe for tension. Add in a traffic jam caused by an accident, a breakdown, the need to decide who will look after the boy and his needing a toilet break more frequently than seems possible.

This first feature from director and co-writer, Morteza Farshbaf was developed from a short film he and his co-writer made in a Kiarostami workshop. Kiarostami’s influence shows but from the very opening Farshbaf also shows that he can do something very new and different in this constantly surprising blackly comic road movie of which Ali Jafar notes it “may herald the arrival of a major new Iranian talent.” Screened at London, Busan and Tokyo film festivals.


Director: Morteza Farshbaf

Writer: Morteza Farshbaf, Anahita Ghazvinizdeh

Producer: Behnaz Beski, Javad Noruzbegi

Cast: Kiomars Gity, Sharareh Pasha, Amirhossein Maleki

Screening time: 84 minutes

Print Source: Wide Management

Year: 2011

Language: Farsi with English subtitles