IFFA 2013, Retrospective, Feature Film

Downpour (Ragbar) - 1972

Mr. Hekmati is appointed as a teacher in the poor south of Tehran. He falls in love with the older sister of one of the boys but she has already been promised to the local butcher. In this remarkable debut feature, major pre- and post-revolutionary director, Bahram Beyza’i creates a powerful sense of a closed community still ruled by tradition. The film has been restored with the support of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. It was carried out by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in 2011. Funding provided by Doha Film Institute.


Director: Bahram Beyza’i

Producer: Barbod Taheri

Writer: Bahram Beyza’i

Cast: Parviz Fanizadeh, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Jamshid Layegh, Parvaneh Massoumi, Manuchehr Farid

Screening time: 128 minutes

Print Source: World Cinema Fountain

Year: 1972

Language: Farsi with English subtitles

Film: Black and White