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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

The Suitors

Fortnight 1988, Feature film, 1h46

Synopsis

It is very difficult for me to say how I got interested in one story and not another, but it is always the images which first attract me to something. I want to see these images happen so I fashion a story around them. Then, as in the case of The Suitors, there was also a newspaper item that caught my attention. I tried to guess what had really happened. But it was the images which were the driving force. For exemple, I was drawn to the image of a woman in a long dark veil, or rather to seeing that image misplaced. While the veil is an image we most associate with Islam, the three major monotheistic religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – share similar stories, about the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, Heaven and Hell, an so on. The notion for The Suitors was also shaped by one of these stories, that of Abraham and his son. To test Abraham’s loyalty, God asked him to take his son to the mointain top and offer him as a sacrifice. As Abraham put the blade to his son’s throat, a lamb appeared. God then directed Abraham to slaughter the lamb instead of his son. Abraham’s son was saved – a perfect happy ending, Hollywood style. In The Suitors what appears for some to be a normal religious practice leads to deadly results. Ghasem Ebrahimian

Director

Ghasem Ebrahimian

He was born in Iran. He went to the USA to study cinema and graduated at the New York Univerity: he directed and edited a 50 min fictional movie, Willie, which won best drama award, was shown in many festivals and amrican and european TV channels. He founded the production company Ebra Films with Collen Higgins; they directed together more than 25 short documentary films for the RAI. He recently shot a short film for kids: Night of The Elephants. He worked on photography of Le Deuxième sexe ( Simone de Beauvoir ) and L’Ile heureuse ( Marguerite Yourcenar. His first full length film, The Suitors, adapted from a screenplay, was supported by the American Film Institute.

Ali Azizian
Assurbanipal Babila
Bahman Maghsoudlou
Manuchehr Harsini
Pouran Esrafily
Shahab Navab

Screenplay
Ghasem Ebrahimian

Image
Manfred Reiff

Sound
Tommy Louie

Editing
Ghasem Ebrahimian, Amir Naderi

Music
Nicholas Kean, F. Shahbazian, A. Vaseghi