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Earthbound - Khak Ashna (2008)
Date of birth:
23 January 1942, Teheran, Iran
The Musical Score
KHAK-ASHNA (Earthbound) is the new film of Bahman Farmanara which has been edited by his long time collaborator Abbas Ghanjavi.
Mr. Ghanjavi has edited all the films that Bahman Farmanara has directed. This collaboration includes documentary, short films and all the feature films of this director.
The story line in this film is about a poet-painter Bahman Namdar (Reza Kianian) who had moved back to his ancestral home in Kurdestan to get away from all the complicated relationships in the capital city of Iran ,Tehran.
His sister Jaleh (Bita Farahi) brings her twenty year old son Babak (Babak Hamidian) to leave in care of her brother.
Knowing that he can not get along with his nephew, Namdar first refuses to accept this responsibility, but somehow he is forced into it.
These two men from different generations have to fight it out till they eventually learn to live together and become friends.
Knowing about your country’s history and culture is the main theme of this new film of Bahman Farmanara and like his previous films after the revolution, deals with the dilemma of an intellectual in a theocracy.
Do you avoid getting involved with the political process to save your own skin, or have to face the music and do your part in getting freedom of expression for yourself and eventually other artists.
Mahmoud Kalari is the Director of Photography for the fourth time. Roya Nonahali who was so highly acclaimed in SMELL OF CAMPHOR, FRAGRANCE OF JASMINE and A HOUSE BUILT ON WATER appears for the third time in front of Bahman Farmanara’s camera.
The rest of the cast includes, Bita Farahi, Maryam Boobani, Nikoo Kheradmand, Farzin Sabooni, Hedayat Hashemi, Mostafa Ghalandarlaki, Siavosh Cheraghipoor and the newcomer Rana Azadivar.
Make Up Mehrdad Mirkiani, Sound Hassan Zahedi. Since Ahmad Pejamn who has scored all the films of Bahman Farmanara was outside of the country, Karan Homayounfar, the young talented composer did the musical score, for which he won the best musical score from the Iranian Oscar ceremony. -- Farmanara