Dancing in the Dust

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Raghs dar ghobar

“The snakes are genuinely scary, almost as much as the protagonists’ unpredictable emotions.” —Deborah Young, Variety

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Year: 2003
Country: Iran
Running time: 95 mins
Censor Rating: M - content may disturb

Producer: Iraj Taghipoor
Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, Alireza Bazrafshan, Mohammad Reza Fazeli
Photography: Hassan Karimi
Editor: Saeed Shahsavari
Music: Hamid Reza Sadri
With: Faramarz Gharibian, Yousef Khodaparast, Baran Kosari

In Farsi with English subtitles

Festivals: Fajr, Moscow, Pusan 2003

“Farhadi’s enormously impressive debut feature begins with Azrrbaijani émigré Nazar (Yousef Khodaparast) being forced by family and friends to divorce his beloved bride Reyhaneh (Baran Kosari) after rumors suggest that her mother is a prostitute. Soon, Nazar finds himself working double shifts to pay off his wedding debts and provide some restitution to his ex- (for whom he still pines). Then, on the run from a creditor, he hides in the back of a van belonging to an elderly snake hunter (Faramarz Gharibian) and winds up transported to the middle of the desert, where he haphazardly tries to corner a piece of the old man’s business. A strange, hypnotic, lyrical tale of love and sacrifice, Dancing in the Dust placed Farhadi firmly on the international film festival map, picking up prizes at Moscow and Pusan.” — Scott Foundas, Film Society of Lincoln Center