A FEATURE FILM proposal.

THE FAR MOUNTAINS is a new feature film proposal from British-Iranian writer/director Mitra Tabrizian (winner Best First Feature at World Fest 2017) with Shahab Hosseini in the lead role (winner of Best Actor Award at Cannes 2016 for Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar winning “The Salesman”).

Set against the backdrop of a small town in Iran, THE FAR MOUNTAINS is a powerful “coming-of-age” story, with echoes of Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”, Antonioni’s “L’Avventura” and Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.

Inspired by a real event, the film is an allegory for the current situation in Iran.

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When Ali, a troubled 12 year old boy living in a small town in Iran, loses the injured bird he's been diligently caring for, he sets out to take revenge regardless of the consequences.

Synopsis
Set in Iran, in a small town where nothing ever happens, Ali, a 12-year-old loner, has not much to do, has trouble at school and doesn’t feel the need to make friends except for his younger cousin. Nobody talks about his mother who disappeared when he was very young. He has been growing distant from his father ever since he remarried and had another child. The economic uncertainty plaguing the country and jeopardizing his father’s livelihood only adds to the tension. His stepmother, a charming but manipulative woman, has made it difficult for him to feel part of the new family, although in front of Ali’s father, she pretends otherwise. Ali doesn’t complain, there seems to be an unspoken agreement between the two that they will never get on! Ali’s closest relationship is with his grandmother, who raised him after his mother disappeared.

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When he doesn’t have his head in a book, Ali spends his time visiting his ailing grandmother, practicing with his catapult in a quiet spot by the river, hanging out in an old curio shop run by an eccentric book-lover and getting into trouble with his little cousin. They steal fruit from the neighborhood gardens, and get into scraps with the local kids. The only thing that gives him a sense of purpose and serenity is caring for an injured bird that he found in the street. When the bird recovers, Ali sets it free, but to his amazement it flies straight back. Ali is thrilled! Each morning, the bird comes back for food. This becomes a routine that Ali cherishes. He now seems happier and more settled. He is studying harder. And, for the first time, he even feels reassured by his father’s support after overhearing him defend Ali against his stepmother. This realization helps father and son rebuild a lost bond they had both been pining for. But his grandmother’s dying revelation about his mother unsettles him again, and when one day suddenly a crow snatches the bird from him, he sets out to take revenge regardless of the consequences!

Two minute mood tape to provide a sense of the intended atmosphere and locations.

Short montage of ominous crows from You Tube….

THE FAR MOUNTAINS has been selected for inclusion in the Film London Production Finance Market (MicroMarket), the Berlin Talent mentor scheme (selected from over 3,100 applicants from 133 countries) and the Berlin Co-Production Market.

For more information please contact the producer: Zadoc Nava

A Proposal for a
FEATURE FILM

THE FAR MOUNTAINS is a new feature film proposal from British-Iranian writer/director Mitra Tabrizian (winner Best First Feature at World Fest 2017) with Shahab Hosseini in the lead role (winner of Best Actor Award at Cannes 2016 for Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar winning “The Salesman”).

Set against the backdrop of a small town in Iran, THE FAR MOUNTAINS is a powerful “coming-of-age” story, with echoes of Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”, Antonioni’s “L’Avventura” and Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.

Inspired by a real event, the film is an allegory for the current situation in Iran.

My Image

When Ali, a troubled 12 year old boy living in a small town in Iran, loses the injured bird he's been diligently caring for, he sets out to take revenge regardless of the consequences.

Synopsis
Set in Iran, in a small town where nothing ever happens, Ali, a 12-year-old loner, has not much to do, has trouble at school and doesn’t feel the need to make friends except for his younger cousin. Nobody talks about his mother who disappeared when he was very young. He has been growing distant from his father ever since he remarried and had another child. The economic uncertainty plaguing the country and jeopardizing his father’s livelihood only adds to the tension. His stepmother, a charming but manipulative woman, has made it difficult for him to feel part of the new family, although in front of Ali’s father, she pretends otherwise. Ali doesn’t complain, there seems to be an unspoken agreement between the two that they will never get on! Ali’s closest relationship is with his grandmother, who raised him after his mother disappeared.

When he doesn’t have his head in a book, Ali spends his time visiting his ailing grandmother, practicing with his catapult in a quiet spot by the river, hanging out in an old curio shop run by an eccentric book-lover and getting into trouble with his little cousin. They steal fruit from the neighborhood gardens, and get into scraps with the local kids. The only thing that gives him a sense of purpose and serenity is caring for an injured bird that he found in the street. When the bird recovers, Ali sets it free, but to his amazement it flies straight back. Ali is thrilled! Each morning, the bird comes back for food. This becomes a routine that Ali cherishes. He now seems happier and more settled. He is studying harder. And, for the first time, he even feels reassured by his father’s support after overhearing him defend Ali against his stepmother. This realization helps father and son rebuild a lost bond they had both been pining for. But his grandmother’s dying revelation about his mother unsettles him again, and when one day suddenly a crow snatches the bird from him, he sets out to take revenge regardless of the consequences!

My Image

Short mood tape to provide a sense of the intended atmosphere and locations.

Short montage of ominous crows from You Tube….

THE FAR MOUNTAINS has been selected for inclusion in the Film London Production Finance Market (MicroMarket), the Berlin Talent mentor scheme (selected from over 3,100 applicants from 133 countries) and the Berlin Co-Production Market.

For more information please contact the producer: Zadoc Nava