No Date, No Signature (2017)

  • 2017
  • Feature
  • 1h 39m

Navid Mohammadzadeh lights up the screen like an emergency beacon in his Venice Film Festival award-winning turn as a father torn apart by the death of his son.

Naveh (Amir Aghaee from 2016’s Bodyguard) is involved in a car accident on the way home from work one evening. The working-class family in the other vehicle are mostly shaken but not harmed, except for Amir, a young boy who complains of a sore head. Naveh, a coroner in the medical examiner’s office, immediately takes control of the situation avoiding police involvement and suggesting the family go to a nearby clinic to rule out a concussion. Despite this advice, when Naveh arrives at work the following day he finds Amir’s body, awaiting an autopsy.

Director Vahid Jalilvand’s follows Wednesday, May 9 with another take on the intersections and miscommunications between classes in Iran, as a middle-class man inserts himself in the struggles of a working-class family to mixed results. Navid Mohammadzadeh gives a career-best performance as a father overwhelmed by guilt as he grieves the loss of his son, incredibly vulnerable, but also teetering dangerously on the edge of self-control. For his performance, he received the award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival in the Horizons section, where Vahid Jalilvand also won for Best Director.

Director

Vahid Jalilvand

Language

Farsi

Subtitles

English

Country

Iran

Studio

Daricheh Cinema

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