Blockage

Sad-e mabar

Mohsen Gharaei

As an enforcement official, Qassem has to combat illegal street hawking in Tehran, but he mainly uses his position to extort money from traders. Now that his boss has noticed and announced his sacking, Qassem has to look for an alternative source of income.
He knows there’s a lot of money in recycling, so he wants to buy a truck using his father-in-law’s bequest as a down-payment. His wife wants to spend the money on a house, so they won’t have to bother her sister’s family any more, but behind her back, Qassem presses on with his risky plan.

In this solo directing debut by Mohsen Gharaei, corruption and hypocrisy set the tone. "Don’t tell anyone I said that" is a regular incantation. The nerve-racking plot development is largely due to Qassem’s impulsive and hot-headed character. He's certainly not the only one who has trouble doing the right thing – even when no one happens to be watching.

 

Screenings

  • Pathé 3
    English subtitles
    Fri 26 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 4
    English subtitles
    Fri 26 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 6
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 2
    English subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 7
    English subtitles
    Thu 1 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Mohsen Gharaei
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Iran
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
82’
Language
Farsi
Producer
Bahman Kamyar
Production Company
Iranian Independents
Sales
Iranian Independents
Writer
Saeed Roostaie
Cinematography
Morteza Hodaie
Editor
Sepideh Abdolvahab
Sound Design
Hossein Abolsedgh
Music
Reza Mortazavi
Cast
Hamed Behdad, Baran Kosari, Mohsen Kiaei, Nader Fallah, Negar Abedi