Dancing in the Dust (image 1)

The snakes are genuinely scary, almost as much as the protagonists’ unpredictable emotions.

Deborah Young, Variety

Screened as part of Autumn Events 2013

Dancing in the Dust 2003

Raghs dar ghobar

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

"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

Iran In Farsi with English subtitles
95 minutes

Director

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

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