Baran is a 2001 Iranian drama film directed by Majid Majidi. The story follows Lateef, a young Iranian construction worker who falls in love with Baran, an Afghan refugee working at the same construction site. Despite not speaking the same language, Lateef begins to try and communicate with Baran and learns about her difficult situation as an undocumented worker. Lateef's efforts to help Baran become more complicated when he discovers a shocking secret about her true identity.
Baran is a beautiful and moving film that explores the struggles of Afghan refugees in Iran through the lens of a poignant love story. The film's direction, cinematography, and music all come together to create a powerful and emotionally resonant experience. The two lead actors, Hossein Abedini as Lateef and Zahra Bahrami as Baran, give subtle and nuanced performances that convey a range of emotions without the need for dialogue. The film is a testament to the human spirit and the resilience of those who are forced to live on the margins of society.
Baran has won numerous awards, including:
- Grand Prix at the São Paulo International Film Festival
- Golden Rooster for Best Director at the China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival
- Best Director and Best Actress at the Fajr International Film Festival
- Best Film and Best Director at the Gijón International Film Festival
- Best Film and Best Director at the Istanbul International Film Festival
Baran was also Iran's official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. Although it was not ultimately nominated, the film remains a critical darling and a shining example of Iranian cinema.
|Directed by||Majid Majidi|
|Produced by||Majid Majidi
|Written by||Majid Majidi|
Mohammad Amir Naji,
Gholam Ali Bakhshi,
|Music by||Ahmad Pejman|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Release date||January 31, 2001 (Fajr)|
|Running time||94 minutes|