- 1 DVD (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Additional Authors
- Dourani, Behzard.Kiarostami, Abbas.
- Cast: Behzad Dourani, Noghre Asadi, Roushan Karam Elmi, inhabitants of Siah Dareh village.Credits: Producers, Marin Karmitz, Abbas Kiarostami ; director, writer, editing, Abbas Kiarostami ; photography, Mahmud Kalari ; music, Peyman YazdanianFarsi language with optional English subtitles.Kiarostami's films utilise realist conventions - non-actors, real sound and location - to create highly personal and philosophical works that examine the broad existential and theological questions of human life. Whereas the urban men at the beginning of the film are cynical and disparaging of the traditional lifestyle and values of the villagers, what the engineer discovers is that the timeless ethical codes of the village are well suited to dealing with the fundamental issues of life and death. He also discovers that beneath the veneer of stability and order in the village, chaos and change also have their place.Originally released as a motion picture in 1999.Summary: Behzad Dourani plays an engineer who arrives with a film crew in an isolated Iranian village high in the mountains. It is not made clear why the men from the city have arrived in the village, except that they seem very interested in the illness and death throes of an old woman. A young boy escorts the men around his home and the engineer becomes familiar with both the landscape and personages of this small rural community.