Saw this photo of Bahram Beyzaie at the Parvin Etesami festival and was mesmerized by his greatness.
[on a side note: Who is Parvin Etesami? If you don’t know her, I will briefly introduce her later.]
Never one to remain fully silent, while accepting his award, he lamented the fact that it really belonged to Susan Taslimi, the lead actress in the film, who has for more than three decades lived in Sweden. “this prize belongs to Susan Taslimi who gave me the idea for the film, and who left Iran because of a lack of attention or kindness to her work, a magnificent artist who left at a time when four of her films were banned.” [the film Beyzaie received a prize for was banned for five years before obtaining a permit.]
It is called Bashou, Gharibeyeh Koochak [Bashou, the little stranger] and about a Northern Iranian woman who takes to caring for a war-torn Southern boy.
This was one of the last movies my dad took me to see in Iran and I particularly remember months later, when we had relocated to the Western world and he was talking to the hotel manager where were were staying. As soon as the guy found out we were Iranian, he said: “Wow! So you know Bashou?”
Turned out he’d seen it at an international film festival.
He couldn’t stop gushing.