Gholam- British/Iranian feature film

Tabrizian, M. 2018. Gholam- British/Iranian feature film. UK & Internationally Distributor for the theatrical release, Miracle Communication.

TitleGholam- British/Iranian feature film
CreatorsTabrizian, M.

Inspired by a real character, featured in a photographic series Border, on Iranians in exile ( exhibited at Tate Britain in 2008), Gholam is the story of an enigmatic Iranian cab driver, who works at night and doesn’t like to talk about his past.

He has two jobs, yet seems not to be interested in the money. He eats at his uncle’s café every day, yet is fully aware of being betrayed by him. He agrees to the arrangement his mother makes for his return home, yet has no intention of going back. And we learn that he was once a war hero, and yet disappeared from the battlefield without a trace.

A man with no past, no future, no 'conviction', he still gets involved in the conflict of a total stranger and carries it through to the very end.

The film is set in 2011, the start of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, and the reemergence of the Green movement in Iran. Neither succeeded! Within this historical context, i.e. the impossibility for an alternative, the film takes a more philosophical approach to the portrayal of a man who has no illusions about political change, no ‘conviction’, and yet he gets involved in a conflict that has nothing to do with him & regardless of the consequences.

The film adopts a ‘new language’ of story telling, relying upon intimation and implication, necessary to function within the restrictions of Iranian political culture. And it differs from usual stories of exile, which often tend to focus on victimization or exploitation. Instead, it sets out to examine the relationship between the individual and his environment by examining the individual himself: to see ‘what remains inside an individual’ who has been through a revolution, a war and a change of landscape.

The film brings together for the first time, two of the most prominent Iranian actors, Behrouz Behnejad and Shahab Hosseini from before and after the 1979 revolution. This is Behnejad's first film since his exile in 1979 and Hosseini's first film outside of Iran. Hosseini received the Grand Jury prize for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 for Asghar Farhadi’s 'the Salesman'.

23 Mar 2018
FileGholam EPK.pdf
Gholam -CREDITS .docx
Gholam poster smaller size copy.jpeg
Gholam - Trailer (Raw Footage) Docklands
Image creditfor the complete list of credits pls see the attached
Media typeVideo
KeywordsMigration - Exile
Place of publicationUK & Internationally
Web address (URL)
Output mediaFeature film

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