"Loose Rope" (Rismaneh Baz)

Director: Mehrshad Karkhani
Scriptwriters: Mehrshad Karkhani, Babak Panahi
Director of Photography: Farshad Mohammadi
Editor: Shahrzad Pouya
Music: Sattar Oraki
Sound Recorder: Mahmoud Khorsand
Sound Mix: Ali-Reza Alavian
Assistants Director: Mahdi Pour Moosa, Farhad Dehghan, Maryam Bahrololoumi
Production Manager: Mohammad Reza Rastgoo
Producer: Habibollah Kaseh Saz
Production Company: Asre Entezar
Co-production Company: Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC)
Cast: Pejman Bazeghi, Babak Hamidian, Keramat Roudsaz, Narges Mohammadi
Color, 35 mm, 1:1/85, 82 min, 2008

Two young rural men who work at the animal’s market in Tehran have only 24 hours to take a large cow from downtown to the northern part of the city. Their job and future are at stake. The spectators follow their obligatory journey with the rope which is tied around the cow. Karkhani very cinematically describes the contrast which exists between the south and the north of a metropolis.


When the war broke out Mehrshad Karkhani left school in order to do his military service. Azizollah Hamidnejad (the filmmaker) encouraged him to do documentary and social photography. He then became acquainted with Amir Naderi (the filmmaker) and learnt how to see through photography and cinema. He presented his photos at domestic and foreign exhibitions. He entered the photography of cinema through "Hoor in Fire" for which he received the prize for the best photo at the Fajr International Film Festival. He then started making documentary and advertising films. He directed 4 short films and one feature film "My Sin" before his second feature film "Loose Rope".


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  • Pleasant Memories
  • Alas! Song
  • If It's Sunny...
  • My Sin
  • Loose Rope
  • National Alley
  • Short Film
  • Short Film
  • Short Film
  • Short Film
  • Feature
  • Feature
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  • 1998
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2003
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2010

  • Hamburg Int'l Film Festival (25 Sep. – 2 Oct. 2008/ Germany)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center (4 Oct. – 3 Nov. 2008/ USA)
  • London Int'l Film Festival (15 – 30 Oct. 2008/ UK)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (29 Nov 2008/ USA)
  • Pune Int’l Film Festival (8 – 15 Jan. 2009/ India)
  • Portland Int’l Film Festival (5 – 22 Feb. 2009/ USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Washington DC (8 Feb. 2009/ USA)
  • Tiburon Int’l Film Festival (19 – 27 March 2009/ USA)
  • Cleveland Int’l Film Festival (19 – 29 March 2009/ USA)
  • Festival Cinema Africano, Asia and America Latina (23 – 29 March 2009/ Italy)
  • Philadelphia Int’l Film Festival (26 March – 7 April 2009/ USA)
  • High Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta (13 Nov 2009/ USA)
  • Iranian Film Festival in Netherlands (18 – 20 Dec 2009/ Netherlands)
  • Int’l Social Communication Cinema Conference & ROOPKALA KENDRO(15–21 Feb. 2011/India)
  • Das Iranische Wien (Oct.2014/ Austria)

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