LEAF OF LIFE

By Ebrahim Mokhtari

A film director is unenthusiastically making a documentary film about Saffron cultivation and harvesting in a little town. He has accepted this job for the money so he can buy a house in Tehran. However, property prices are rising and he is concerned about this case. Therefore, instead of focusing on making a good film, he pushes his producer to buy a house for him in Tehran. Then, his producer informs him that he has bought an apartment for him. However, he receives another phone call and leaves the job and travels back to Tehran. After some incidents, he is determined to make a memorable film, but …

Details
  • Genre
  • Country
    Iran
  • Year of Publication
    2017
  • Duration
    86 min
  • Aspect Ratio
    1:1.85
  • Film Type
  • Sound System
    stereo
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Cast & Crew
  • Written, Directed & Produced by

    Ebrahim Mokhtari
  • Director of Photography

    Majid Gorjian
  • Editor

    Meysam Molaei
  • Production & Costume Designer

    Asghar Nezhad Imani
  • Music

    Behzad Abdi
  • Sound- recordist

    Hossein Bashash
  • Sound Mix

    Amir Hossein Ghasemi
  • Make-Up

    Mahmoud Dehghani
  • Cast

    Mehdi Ahmadi, Saeid Pour Samimi, Maryam Moghadam.
Director's Biography

Ebrahim Mokhtari

Born in 1947 in Babol, Ebrahim Mokhtari graduated from the College of Film and Television in 1972. He began to make documentary films for IRIB Television in the same year. CAVIAR, THE BALUCHI BREAD, A FISHING VOYAGE and SAFFARON are among his most important documentary works. Mokhtari made his debut feature film in 1994 and it was screened in the Film Critics Week in Cannes Film Festival. In 1997, Dok Leipzig Film Festival held a retrospective for his documentary films in his honour. Moreover, Mokhtari made several other films that were presented and awarded in international film festivals around the world.
Feature Films: 1994- ZINAT, 2001- MOKARRAMEH, MEMORIES AND DREAMS, 2017- LEAF OF LIFE.

Director's View

In 1990, I was in the process of making a documentary film about saffron cultivation and I wanted to portray the agricultural stages of growing saffron in Khorasan province. During filming, to make the necessary arrangements for each sequence, I had some demands and needs that I insisted on. However, despite my persistence, saffron farmers refused to cooperate, leading to the temporary postponement of filming. The issue was eventually settled and the film was finally made. In the process, I learned that our disputes were related to my urban perspective and their conservative standpoint. Our differences were so impacting, that I was unable to forget them until I wrote and made this film.

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