By Mohammad Rahmanian

During 1979-1992, a film lover Nasi who rents out illegal videotapes gets arrested. Whilst in prison he meets a voice actor, whom gives Nasi an address to the Chamber of Treasure that holds a great collection of classic films. Nasi spends months after release, watching the films and memorizes all the lines. He then travels around to perform the films as a one man show on a bench. Gradually he forms a theater group called Cinema Bench, with a street violinist, an insomniac visual artist, and a former actress. As they find a place to perform, they encounter problems in other forms by a gang, led by a Chief. As they try to keep integrity, the film follows their journey as struggling artists.

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    117 min
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  • Written & Directed by

    Mohammad Rahmanian
  • Produced by

    Tooraj Mansoori
  • Director of Photography

    Tooraj Mansoori
  • Sound

    Parviz Abnar
  • Music

    Fardin Khalatbari
  • Make-Up Artist

    Majid Eskandari
  • Visual Effects

    Mohammad Motamedi
  • Cast

    Ali Omrani, Mahtab Nasirpour, Ashkan Khatibi, Hooman Bargh Navard, Asghar Piran, Ramin Pour Iman,. Hossein Erfani, Reza Naji
Director's Biography

Mohammad Rahmanian

Born in 1962, Iranian Prominent theater director, Mohammad Rahmanian, studied in the faculty of Fine Arts (BA in Directing) and the Faculty of Cinema and Theater (MA in Dramatic Literature). Writer, director and theater instructor since 1981, he has directed a couple of TV plays from Nikolai Gogol, Arthur Miller, Jean Paul Sartre, and Neil Simone.

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BENCH CINEMA is a film about cinema, its nostalgic memories and cinephiles.

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