Night Bus, directed by Kiomars Pourahmad,
will be shown at Spain's Valladolid International Film Festival held from
October 27th - November 3rd.
It will also appear at the 13th
International Film and Television Festival Cinema, Tout Ecran, in Switzerland,
from October 29th- November 4th.
The movie was formerly screened at the
Bussan, Oslo and Finland festivals as well as the Chicago Film Center.
film takes place during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, when an 18-year-old
Iranian recruit is charged with transporting a busload of blindfolded Iraqi
prisoners of war to a camp, traveling over a land-mined desert road.
The movie has won
awards at the Fajr International Film Festival and also Iran's Cinema
Celebration Festival, which is held annually to celebrate Iran's National Cinema
Persian director Kiumars Poorahmad's minimalist, black-and-white
war drama Night Bus travels back to the Iran-Iraq conflict of the mid-1980s,
when three Iranian soldiers are forced to transport 38 Iraqi prisoners-of-war to
their home base in a half-dilapidated bus. The obstinate and slightly irascible
driver (Khosro Shakibai) must pilot the vehicle through a dangerous lay of land,
packed with mortar shells and explosive mines.
Throughout the picture,
Poorahmad repeatedly underscores the insanity of any such conflict that not only
drove perfect strangers and innocents head-to-head with one another, but that
brought the troops, collectively, within arm's reach of death - simply because
of ayatollah-driven fanaticism that existed beyond the control of laymen.
Mehrdad Seddiqian, Elnaz Shakerdoust, Mohammad-Reza Forutan and Khosro
Shakibai co-star; Poorahmad co-authored the script with Hasan Shekari and Habib
Ahmadzadeh. ~ Nathan
Southern, All Movie Guide
Seddiqian, Khosro Shakibai, Elnaz Shakerdoust, Mohammad-Reza Forutan
"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, but the subject is too esoteric even for most festivals.
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, which pitted ordinary men from two closely
related nations against each other at the behest of fanatical leaders.
Though he stops short of criticizing Iran's ayatollahs, the viewer is
left free to do so. Mehdi Jafari's clean, sharp-focus black-and-white lensing
exalts the minimalist backdrop of bus and desert and communicates a sense of
immediacy." -- By DEBORAH YOUNG