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Rhino Season

Fasle Kargadan

2012 / Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey / 104 min / N-13
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Director(s) - Bahman Ghobadi
Screenwriter(s) - Bahman Ghobadi
Actors - Behrouz Vossoughi, Monica Bellucci, Yilmaz Erdogan
Producer(s) - Bahman Ghobadi
Cinematographer - Touraj Aslani
Editor(s) - Valerie Loiseleux
Composer(s) - Kayhan Kalhor
Sales agent - WILD BUNCH
Distributor - MIJ FILM
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Dialogues - Persian, Turkish, English
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English
Rhino Season is based on the tragic story of a Kurdish poet and family friend of Ghobadi’s who was unjustly incarcerated during Iran’s Islamic Revolution. The victim of a personal vendetta, Sahel is thrown into prison along with his devoted wife Mina. Inexplicably released after serving a ten-year sentence, Mina is informed by the authorities that Sahel is dead. Heartbroken, she and her two children leave Iran for Istanbul — unknowingly leaving behind her very-much-alive husband, who is forced to stay in prison for another twenty years. Finally released, Sahel sets out to find his wife, the memory of whom was the only thing that had sustained him throughout his agonizing ordeal. But after clinging to an intangible vision for so many years, what is the reality that awaits him now?

About Directors

Bahman Ghobadi (b. 1969 in Iran)


"A Time for Drunken Horses" (2000), "Marooned in Iraq" (2002), "Turtles Can Fly" (2004, "Kino pavasaris"), "Half Moon" (2006, "Kino pavasaris"), "No One Knows About Persian Cats" (2009, "Kino pavasaris"), "Rhino Season" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").