The Cycle (1975 film)

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Directed by Dariush Mehrjui
Written by Dariush Mehrjui
Story by Gholam-Hossein Saedi
Based on The play "Aashghaal-duni" by Gholam-Hossein Saedi
Starring Saeed Kangarani
Ezzatollah Entezami
Ali Nassirian
Esmail Mohammadi
Fourouzan
Bahman Fersi
Music by Hormoz Farhat
Cinematography Houshang Baharlou
Edited by Talat Mirfendereski
Release date(s) 1975 (1978 in Iran)
Running time 101 minutes
Country Iran
Language Persian
Box office Over 16 million rials

The Cycle (دایره مینا, Dayereh-ye Mina) is a 1975 Iranian film directed by Dariush Mehrjui. It was Iran's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 50th Academy Awards,[1] the first year that Iran participated in the award. The film was banned for three years before being given permission to release, and was finally released in Iran on April 12, 1978.

The film's plot centered on "the illegal trade in blood donations against the backdrop poverty and life in shanty-towns".[1] A young man, Ali (Saeed Kangarani), takes his sick father (Esmail Mohammadi) to a hospital in Tehran. When his father is unable to be admitted, they wait outside the hospital and meet Sameri (Ezzatollah Entezami). Dr. Sameri offers them enough money for Ali's father's treatment if they assist him with some work. They meet him the next morning at a crossroads and get in a truck with some other people, unaware of what they will be doing or where they will be going. They arrive at a laboratory, where Ali's father is asked to give blood. He refuses, but Ali agrees to have his blood taken, and for that he is given 20 tomans. Sameri deals in blood - He buys the blood cheaply off of the poor and addicted, and sells it on to the hospital.

During Ali's dealings with the hospital, he meets Esmail (Ali Nassirian) and a young nurse, Zahra (Fourouzan). Ali begins working under Sameri, collecting donors for blood. Ali's father's health gradually worsens, until one day he dies. Ali dives deeper and deeper into blood dealing, and his new life begins.

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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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