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No Date, No Signature

Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

Vahid Jalilvand’s film gives us Dr. Nariman (Amir Agha’ee), a forensic pathologist and upstanding member of the community. When he injures a child in a motor vehicle accident, the good doctor is willing to take him to the hospital, but the kid’s father Musa (Navid Mohammadzadeh) declines his help. The doctor is shocked when he goes into work and discovers that the same boy is dead in the morgue. When the autopsy reveals the actual cause of death, Nariman seems to be off the hook—but his conscience won’t let him go. As for Musa, his nightmare is just beginning…

The dark cinematography of Peyman Shadmanfar sets the tone for this masterful movie, directed with a feel for menace by Jalilvand (Wednesday, May 9, VIFF 15). In the role of grief-stricken father, Mohammadzadeh acts up a storm; his anger is as sympathetic as it is scary. Besides being a riveting moral drama, No Date, No Signature offers a nuanced look at class and power relations in contemporary Iran. It’s a disquieting but profoundly satisfying movie.

Best Director, Fajr Film Festival 17

North American premiere
Director Vahid Jalilvand
Country of Origin: Iran
Year: 2017
Running Time: 104 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Amir Agha’ee, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Hediyeh Tehrani, Sa’eed Dakh, Alireza Ostadi, Zakiyeh Behbahani
Producer: Ali Jalilvand, Ehsan Alikhani
Screenwriter: Ali Zarnegar, Vahid Jalilvand
Cinematographer: Peyman Shadmanfar
Editor: Vahid Jalilvand, Sepehr Vakili
Music: Peyman Yazdanian
Production Company: Noori Pictures
Print Source: Noori Pictures


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