Killing a Traitor

  • 120'
  • Iran
  • 2022

Poignant and expressive, this sepia-tinted melodrama takes us into the turbulent streets of 1950s Iran during the nationalisation of oil by Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Faced with an oil embargo and a plunging economy, the people are asked to support the government by buying bonds. A scheme by working-class citizens to take money from the Iranian National Bank and give it to the prime minister to prop up the economy goes awry, leaving the gang torn by partisan ideology, morality and greed.

Seasoned filmmaker Masoud Kimiai channels the grit of Francis Ford Coppola and Sam Peckinpah through a prestigious cast that includes Amir Aghaei, Poulad Kimiai and Mehran Modiri. He explores themes frequently found at the heart of his films: working-class comradeship and an impossible desire for honour in a community ravaged by lies, cruelty and dirty politics.

There is more at play in this film than the obvious business of corruption and desperation. Set against a tragic backdrop, life, love, sacrifice and loss unfold for the women involved, as well as the men. Complete with cops, robbers, dishonest politicians and a barman named Eddie, Killing a Traitor will leave you wondering who are your friends and who are your enemies?

 

Cherry Johnson

Director
Masoud Kimiai
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Iran
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
120'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Khaen Koshi
Language
Farsi
Producer
Ali Oji
Sales
IRIMAGE
Screenplay
Masoud Kimiai
Cinematography
Masoud Salami
Editor
Sepideh Abdolvahab
Production Design
Soheil Danesh Eshraghi
Sound Design
Amir Hossein Ghasemi
Music
Sattar Oraki
Cast
Amir Aghaei, Poulad Kimiai, Mehran Modiri, Farhad Aeesh, Sara Bahrami, Narges Mohammadi, Pantea Bahram