Private Project


In rural northwest Iran, Gheirat, a modest charcoal producer, is pushed into a tragic spiral after his son, sentenced to jail, evades to Azerbaijan.

  • Esmaeel Monsef
  • Esmaeel Monsef
  • Etienne de Ricaud
    A minor leap down (Berlinale 2015), Reporting from Darkness (FID Marseille 2018)
  • Hadi Eftekharzadeh
    Key Cast
  • Farid Adhami
    Key Cast
  • Jila Shahi
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    Azerbaijani, Persian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Fajr International Film Festival - in Competition
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    April 17, 2019
    Iranian Premiere
Director Biography - Esmaeel Monsef

Esmaeel Monsef, born in 1975 in Ardebil, northwestern Iran, is a graduate of the Behandish Cinema School of Tehran and founding member of the Association of Independent Iranian Filmmakers. He directed four short fiction films, one short documentary for Arte tv, and edited over forty shorts and features - mainly documentaries. His directing credits include UNDER THE COLORS which screened in Competition at Clermont Ferrand and at 12 other festivals (& bought by Arte) and OYAN, selected at Thessaloniki and awarded the Silver Gentian at Trento. He completed in March 2018 his first feature KOMUR, also selected in November 2017 at the Thessaloniki Agora Works in Progress. As an editor, Monsef completed the first fiction feature A MINOR LEAP DOWN (Hamed Rajabi) which premiered in Panorama at the 2015 Berlinale (Fipresci award).

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