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The Hunter - Shekarchi (2010)|
Date of birth:
1967, Mashhad, Iran
Hossein Bashash (sound)
Iran | Germany
(Competition), Melbourne (International Panorama),
Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema), São Paulo (International Perspective), Stockholm (Spotlight), Mar del
Plata (International Competition)
Ali has recently been released from prison and is now working as a night
watchman in Tehran. This factory job now means that he is at least able to
support his small family comprising his wife Sara and their daughter, Saba.
One day, Ali comes home from work to discover that Sara and Saba have
disappeared. Realising that there’s no point in waiting for them any more, Ali
decides to go to the police.
there’s chaos at the police station and it takes hours for him to discover
anything. Finally, he is informed that his wife was caught up in a shoot-out
with demonstrators and was killed. His daughter Saba, however, is still
Ali’s search for his daughter drives him to distraction; he despairs still
more, when, in the end, her dead body is discovered. Desperate for revenge he
runs amok randomly killing two policemen. After the deed he heads for the woods
in the north by car. But the police have long been on his trail; they give chase
along a country road until Ali’s car crashes. Ali runs off into the woods to
hide among the trees – in vain.
Hassan and Azem, the two policemen who are chasing him, arrest him. Ali seems
resigned to his fate and willingly follows the two men, who keep a sharp eye on
him. But then, they get lost. All they can see are trees. In such a remote
landscape as this, it’s hard to tell the difference between hunters and hunted.
Cast: Rafi Pitts,
Mitra Hajjar, Ali Nicksaulat, Hassan Ghalenoi, Manoochehr Rahimi
Selected filmography of Rafi Pitts
- The Hunter - Shekarchi (2010)
- It's winter - Zemestan (2006)
- The Fifth Season - Fasl-e panjom (1997)
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