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A Band of Dreamers and a Judge

A Band of Dreamers and a Judge

Royabaf va ghazi
Hesam Eslami
Iran, France
2023
84 min
World Premiere
Luminous, Focus: Fabrications
Synopsis

In a mountainous region of northern Iran, a group of men in their forties are looking for a solution to their financial woes. Business is bad, the economy is in the doldrums, and they would leave if they could—but that would also cost money. The only thing they’ve got left is to seek treasures. This isn’t an entirely unrealistic idea in Iran, where thousands of years of history and gold coins lie waiting to be discovered in ancient tombs, catacombs and caves, even though treasure hunting is strictly prohibited.

Filmmaker Hesam Eslami joins this group of friends, and follows them in their daily lives as they seek happiness. They are constantly discussing their treasure hunting plans, pondering the ins and outs of dowsing rods, metal detectors and mini cameras to find that coveted pot of gold.

Meanwhile, the police are on the lookout for illegal excavations, and the friends are caught red-handed. Eslami tries to explain to the judge that the excavation is only an innocent means to make his film a success. “Diggers are dreamers,” he states. But then it turns out that the men have not been entirely honest with him. Will their dreams remain unfulfilled?

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Credits
84 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Persian
Director
    Hesam Eslami
    Hesam Eslami
Production
    Etienne de Ricaud for Caractères Productions,
    Hesam Eslami for Aras Films
    Etienne de Ricaud for Caractères Productions,
    Hesam Eslami for Aras Films
Executive producer
    Majid Jabinshenas
    Majid Jabinshenas
Cinematography
    Hamed Hosseini Sangari
    Hamed Hosseini Sangari
Editing
    Afsaneh Salari
    Afsaneh Salari
Sound
    Mehdi Jabinshenas
    Mehdi Jabinshenas
Sound Design
    Mehrshad Malakouti
    Mehrshad Malakouti
Music
    Yones Eskandari
    Yones Eskandari
Screenplay
    Hesam Eslami,
    Nasim Marashi
    Hesam Eslami,
    Nasim Marashi
World Sales
    Caractères Productions
    Caractères Productions
Screening copy
    Caractères Productions
    Caractères Productions
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