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The Cyclist

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Year of participation 2006
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The Cyclist
Director(s) Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Script Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Director of Photography Ali Reza Zarrindast
Production designer Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Music by Madjid Entezami
Edit Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Cast Firouz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf, Mohammad Reza Maleki, Esmail Soltanian, Moharram Zaynalzadeh
Production company(-ies) Farabi Cinema Foundation
 

Synopsis

The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim's strength. Aided by his son, who feeds him as he rides, Nasim grinds out the days and shivering nights. Local officials believe this may be a plot and Nasim may be a spy; they try to sabotage him as do those who bet he won't finish the week. Will desperation alone get Nasim the money? Is any triumph an illusion?

Awards
Best Film (Rimini Festival, 1989), Best Feature Film (Hawaii IFF, 1991)
Participation: 91 International Film Festivals

Moscow Cinema
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
 
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