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Still Life (Tabiat-e Bijaan)

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In a slow rhythm, the film presents almost still life of an old switchman, living with his wife in a remote rural area. The old man’s habitual routine of life comes to an abrupt end when he receives notice of his retirement. He is replaced with a young switchman and has to leave the home, where he spent the greatest part of his life, without knowing where to go.

Still Life
The Title: Tabiat-e Bijaan


Cast & Crew

Writer & Director: Sohrab Shahid Saless
Director of Photography: Hooshang Baharloo
Editor: Ruhollah Emami
Sound: Sadegh Alemi, Ahmad Khanzadi, M. Farshchian
Cast: Z. Bonyadi, Zahra Yazdani, H. Safarian
Producer: Parviz Sayyad
Production: IRIB


35mm, 90mins, 1974, Color, Iran

 

BIO-FILMOGRAPHY

Born in Tehran in 1944, death in Chicago in 1998. Saless studied filmmaking in Austria, but left in 1966 to study in Paris where he graduated in 1968. Back in Iran, he worked for the then Ministry of Arts and Culture making 22 short documentaries. He left Iran for Germany in 1975 where he made the rest of his films. In 1995, he went to USA, initially to Los Angeles, where he stayed for two years in the hope of making a film, and then Chicago. His two long films, A Simple Event and Still Life made Shahid Saless a part of the history of Iranian cinema.Still Life is the winner of the Silver Bear in the Berlin Film Festival 1974.

Features, made in Iran

A SIMPLE EVENT 1973
STILL LIFE 1974

Features, made in Germany

FAR FROM HOME 1975
TIME OF MATURITY 1976
DIARY OF A LOVER 1977
THE LONG VACATION OF LOTTE 1979
GRABBE’S LAST SUMMER 1980
ANTON CHEKHOV: A LIFE 1981
UTOPIA 1982
A YOUTH FROM GERMANY 1983
ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN 1983
WEEPING WILLOW 1983
DEVASTATING FOSTER CHILD 1985
LETTER FROM KABUL 1986
RED ROSES FOR AFRICA 1991

 

Additional Info

  • Genre: Family
  • Duration: 35mm, 90mins, 1974, Color, Iran
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