Prince Ehtejab by Bahman Farman Ara , Shazdeh Ehtejab
exquisite look at a despotic dynasty."
Based on the classic novel by Houshang Golshiri about the Quajar dynasty, which ruled Persia from 1795-1925, Farmanara's film is "as beautiful as it is tragic" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times). Dying of hereditary tuberculosis, Prince Ehtejab (Jamshid Mashayekhi) shuts himself up in his palace, where he is assailed by the memories and guilt of his family's cruel deeds. Members of his household cannot understand why he lacks the brutality of his ancestors. Then he is visited by the ghost of his father and grandfather, who chide him for not continuing their despotic dynasty. With Fakhri Khorvash. Grand Prix winner, Teheran International Film Festival.
Director: Bahman Farman Ara
Language: Farsi with English subtitles
Picture quality: Great (Black &
White), 93 minutes
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