Bab'Aziz:  The Prince That Contemplated His Soul

Bab'Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul

Tunisia, 2005, 96 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Iran, Germany, Hungary, UK
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Foreign, Nature, Religion
Language: Arabic, Farsi English Sub-Titles

A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from writer/director Nacer Khemir begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz (Parviz Shahinkhou) and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar (Maryam Hamid). Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every 30 years. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own. Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran.

DIRECTOR: Nacer Khemir
Producer: Cyria Auriol, Karl Baumgartner, Lauraine Heftler, Ali Rez Shoja-Nuri
Editor: Isabell Rathery
Screenwriter: Nacer Khemir, Tonino Guerra
Cinematographer: Mahmoud Kalari
Music: Armand Amar
Principal Cast: Parviz Shahinkhou, Maryam Hamid, Nessim Kahloul, Mohamed Grayaa, Golshifteh Farahani
Filmography: In Search of The Arabian Night (1991), The Dove's Lost Necklace (1990), Wanderers of the Desert (1984), Somaa (1978)
US Distributor: Typecast Releasing

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