Half Moon (film)
|Directed by||Bahman Ghobadi|
|Produced by||Simon Field, Keith Griffiths, Abbass Ghazali, Bahman Ghobadi, Behrooz Hashemian, Hedye Tehrani|
|Written by||Bahman Ghobadi|
|Music by||Hossein Alizadeh|
|Running time||114 minutes|
|Country||Iran, Austria, France, Iraq|
Half Moon (Kurdish: Nîwe Mang/Nîvê Heyvê) is a 2006 film written and directed by the Iranian Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi. Half Moon is a joint production of Iran, Austria, France and Iraq. This movie was commissioned by the New Crowned Hope festival, a celebration of the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the story plot has been inspired in part by Mozart's Requiem.
Mamo, an old Kurdish musician in the twilight of his life, plans to perform one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. The village's elderly warn him that as the moon becomes full, something awful would happen to him and urge him not to proceed with his plan. After several months of trying to overcome the red-tape, he begins a long and dangerous journey along with his sons. Along the way, the group picks up female singer Hesho who resides in a village of 1,334 exiled women singers. This adds to the complications of the trip as Hesho did not have authorization to go into Iraq. Despite all these obstacles, Mamo is determined to continue with his journey across the border.
Critics gave the film generally favorable reviews. As of December 14, 2007, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 100% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 23 reviews. On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 72 out of 100, based on 9 reviews.
- People's choice Award, International Competition, Istanbul International Film Festival, 2007.
- Best Cinematography, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2006.
- FIPRESCI Prize, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2006.
- Golden Seashell, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2006.
- Half Moon at the Internet Movie Database
- Half Moon at Rotten Tomatoes
- Half Moon at Metacritic
- Half Moon at AllMovie
- Review by Ty Burr, The Boston Globe.
- Review by Ronnie Scheib, Variety.
- Review by Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter.
- Half Moon, New Crowned Hope Festival, Vienna, 2006.
- Half Moon Review by Laurie Munslow, close-upfilm.com
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