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An Iranian man with high hopes of becoming a professional actor
arrives in Cannes, France to meet Spielberg but his expectations and the reality
are not so much alike.
Reza Attaran, the director, actor
and screenwriter of “Red Carpet” has
said that he doesn’t intend to mock Iranians in his film.
He shot the
film during the 66th Cannes
Film Festival in May 2013. The film spotlights the contrast between the
celebrities who are excessively concerned about their costume designs, and the
people whose main concern is only cinema, when they step on the red carpet at
the prestigious film gala.
“In the film, you see that
the foreign guests of the festival behave like what we do. The film doesn’t mock
anybody,” Attaran said in press conference held after the premiere of his
film at the 32nd
Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran on Friday.
actors appear in the film, but only six of them know that they are acting in the
production, he stated.
Attaran has written the screenplay based on
a plot by producer Ahmad Ahmadi.
“I got the idea for making the film
few years ago when I attended the Cannes festival,” Ahmadi said at the
“I thought what
would happen on the red carpet if we have a character whose main concern is
cinema beside many others who only think of their appearance and attire,”
Attaran plays the main character in the
“The main character of the film is very
close to the real character of Attaran. He enjoys the simplicity the character
has in the film,” Ahmadi said.
“Attaran’s directorship and acting
give weight to the film, and all attempts to make the film would be fruitless if
we were to ignore him in any one of the positions,” he
Quotation from the film: The good thing about here, abroad, is that a lot of
things seem to be less important. They want actors, so as long as you're good at
acting they won't care much about your hair, eye colour or how tall you are. I'm
just saying, is Dustin Hoffman good looking really? Hell no! But he is a true
actor...Their most beautiful figure here is Marilyn Monroe; the rest look just
like me. If I can just get a job here, it'll be great.
ataranBorn in 1968 in Mashhad, Iran, Reza Attaran obtained his high school
diploma in Economy & then studied Industrial Design in University of Tehran.
Despite enjoying his field of study, he turned to acting, script writing &
directing. He got married in 1994.
started his career in theatre plays under the guidance of the late Hassan Hamed
in the 1980s. He played only non-comedy roles back then, but in 1994, he played
his first comedy role in comedy series, Fun Hour, directed by Iran's most famous
sitcom maker, MehranModiri. A few years later, he made two very successful TV
series, My Sweet Majid&Eternal Train. Between 1997 & 2003, he made two
other series in Laughter Apple&Acacia Alley, as well as forming a music band
called Dampaei(Slippers) with YoossefTeimoori& a few other artists. Since
then he has become Iran's most successful comedy series maker in Iranian TV
& many actors have turned to stars thanks to appearing in his
SimorghforBest Director in the New Vision section of the 30thFajr Int'l Film
Festival for I Feel Sleepy
Statuette for Best Actor in the 15th House of
Cinema Awards for Horse is an Innocent Animal
Stutuette of Golden Smile for
Best Comedy Actor in the 2nd Sun's Smile Awards for both Horse is an Innocent
Animal & No Entry for Men
Diploma of Honour for Best Actor in the 6th
Critics & Writers Guild's Awards for For no Reason, 2012
Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the 30thFajr Int'l Film
Festival for I Feel Sleepy
Nominated for Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor in a
Leading Role in the 31stFajr Int'l Film Festival for The
Original title : FARSHE GHERMEZ
: Comedy - Drama
Written and Directed by : REZA
Director of Photography : Ahmad
Edit : Mohamad Tavakoli
: Keyvan Moghadam
Costume Design : Keyvan
Sound Recordists : Saeed Ahmadi, Farshid Ahmadi,
Sound Mix : Peyman Vahedi
Effect : Mohamad Sanifar
Music : Hamid Reza
Executive Producer : Mark Ansari , Saeed
Production Manager : Hamid Ghilich
Producer : Ahmad Ahmadi, Maryam Shafiee
Film Gauge : 35mm, colour
: French , Persian
Subtitled : in
Screening format : DCP, Blu-Ray
: Dolby Digital 2.0
Ratio : 16:9
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