15-year-old Pouria is a close friend to one of the neighbors, Danial. When something tragic happens to Danial, frightened Pouria feels guilty. So he decides not to reveal their secret to the others…
Born in 1958, Mohammad Ali Talebi graduated in cinema and TV from the College of Dramatic Arts. After graduation, he began collaborating with I.R.I.B. television where he made many educational programs for children and young adults. His directorial debut was a box-office hit, CITY OF THE MICE, co-directed with Marziyeh Boroumand. Talebi’s international breakthrough came with THE BOOT, winner of Golden Gate Award at the 37th San Francisco Film Festival in 1994. His TICK TACK won special jury prize in Chicago Children’s Film Festival. Then he entered a co-production with the Japanese company, Digital Media Lab and made BAG OF RICE. His next film, THE WILLOW AND THE WIND, was a coproduction with NHK (Japan). Until 2011, his films were screened and awarded in different film festivals including Rennes, Frankfurt, Hyderabad, Bangkok, Olympia, Zlin, Mar del Plata, Munich, etc. His WIND AND FOG was an award-winning entry in Berlinale’s Generation section and was released in Germany in 2011. In 2014, BFI chose three of Mohammad Ali Talebi’s films as a part of the touring film season of CINEMA OF CHILDHOOD.
Feature Films: 1984- CITY OF THE MICE; 1985- THE FINISH LINE; 1988- THE WILDERNESS; 1992- THE BOOT; 1993- TICK TACK; 1996- BAG OF RICE; 1999- THE WILLOW AND THE WIND; 2001- YOU ARE FREE; 2006- THE REDNESS OF UNRIPE APPLE; 2008- THE WALL; 2010- MEADOW; 2011- WIND & FOG; 2014- THE PROMISE.
In the beginning of the year 2014, as there was no producer eager to make a children’s film, I made up my mind to produce and direct THE PROMISE all by myself. With a tight budget, small crew and a few actors, we succeeded to finish the shooting just in 26 days, but in a truly friendly atmosphere. The result was a small, simple, poetic film just like my previous films such as THE BOOT and THE WILLOW AND THE WIND. In Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults, it won six awards including the Best Picture.