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Night Bus (Otobus-e Shab)

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A young private has been assigned the difficult mission of delivering a bus full of POW's from the front line to the base in the rear, and he faces a long, dark night with a wounded fellow soldier and an elderly, nagging driver.

Night Bus
The Title: Otobus-e Shab


Cast & Crew

Director: Kiumars Pourahmad
Writers: Kiumars Pourahmad & Habib Ahmadzadeh
Director of Photography: Mehdi Jafari
Editors: Kiumars Pourahmad & Bahram Dehghani
Music: Fardin Khalatbari
Sound: Mohammad Mokhtari
Cast: Khosro Shakibai, Mohammad-Reza Forutan, Mehrdad Seddiqian, Kourosh Soleymani, Elnaz Shakerdoust
Producer: Mehdi Homayounfar
Production: IRIB-Sima Film Center


Video (screening in 35mm), 90mins, 2007, Black & White

 

BIO-FILMOGRAPHY

Born in Isfahan in 1949, Kiumars Pourahmad started his professional career in 1973 with writing film reviews. Three years later, he started writing and making films and TV series. Below are some of his feature films:

TATOOREH 1983
SWALLOW, MY TREE 1984
GAVYAR 1987
THE HARBOUR 1988
SILENT HUNT 1989
BREAD & POETRY 1993
FOR THE SAKE OF HANIYEH 1995
STRANGE SISTERS 1996
THE LONGEST NIGHT 2001
EDELWEISS 2005

FESTIVAL

- Pusan Int'l F.F., 4-14 Oct. 2007, Korea
- Oslo Intl F.F., 4-11 Oct. 2007, Norway
- Flanders Int'l F.F., 9-20 Oct. 2007, Belgium
- Gene Siskel Film Center, October 2007, Chicago, US
- Cinema Tout Ecran, 29 Oct. – 4 Nov. 2007, Swiss
- Valladolid Film Festival, 26 Oct. – 3 Nov. 2007, Spain

- Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 11 – 14 Nov. 2007, Australia, nominated for three awards: Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Performance by an Actor. (Winner of Jury Grand Prize)
- Istanbul Film Festival, April 2008, Turkey

Night Bus

One of a sandstorm of tales set during the Iran-Iraq war in the '80s, "Night Bus" has a pleasing spareness to its all-male tale about three Iranians charged with driving through the desert to deliver 38 Iraqi POWs to their base camp. Mehrdad Seddiqian's powerfully authentic central performance, as an emotional but determined 18-year-old private, grounds the story in realism, while veteran director Kiumars Pourahmad's antiwar sentiments are easy to share. Fans of war films should add the DVD to their collection.
Blindfolded with their hands tied, the tired Iraqi prisoners are nervously escorted through mortars and minefields in a dusty, sun-baked bus driven by crabby Khosro Shakibai. Uninterested in wartime heroics, helmer Pourahmad boldly denounces the senselessness of the conflict. Mehdi Jafari's clean, sharp-focus black-and-white lensing exalts the minimalist backdrop of bus and desert and communicates a sense of immediacy.

 

Additional Info

  • Genre: Drama, War
  • Duration: Video (screening in 35mm), 90mins, 2007, Black & White
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