Writer, Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Camera: Bayram Fazli
Editor: Mohammad Ali Sajadi
Sound: As’Ad Khoshnoud
Music: Ali Kohan-Deiri
Producer: Behrouz Maghsoudlou
Executive Producer: Bahman Maghsoudlou
1998, Color, 28 min., Documentary, Iran
Synopsis: A fourteen-year-old boy, forced to provide for his younger siblings after the death of their parents, is driven to quit school and smuggle goods across the Iran/Iraq border.
Featured in more than thirty international film festivals throughout 1999 & 2000. Winner of fifteen international awards.
The single most awarded Short/Documentary in the history of Iranian cinema!
1 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, France*
2 Aspen Shortsfest, USA*
3 St. Petersburg Film Festival, Russia*
4 Vila do Conde Film Festival, Portugal*
5 Montecatini Film Festival, Italy*
6 Cinema du Reel, France
7 Tampere International Film Festival, Finland
8 Munich Documentary Film Festival, Germany
9 Seattle International Film Festival, USA
10 Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
11 Short Film Festival of Drama, Greece
12 Huntington International Film Festival, USA
13 Festival of Festivals, Denmark’
14 Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea
15 Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, USA*
16 dokumentART, Germany
17 FrankfurterFilmschau International Short Documentary, Germany
18 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA*
19 Corto Imola Festival, Italy*
20 Festival del Cortometraggio, Siena, Italy*
21 Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany
22 Regensburg Short Film Week, Germany
23 Cinema Mediterranean Montpellier, France
24 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
25 Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA
26 Flickerfest 2000, Sydney, Australia (January 2000)*
27 Fajr Film Festival, Iran (February 2000)
28 UCLA Film & Television Archive, USA
29 Rose Art Museum, Boston, USA
30 International Festival of Short Film and Documentary of Bilbao
31 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
32 Webster University Film Series, St. Louis, USA
* Indicates film won top prize or other awards
Following a brief theatrical run in Los Angeles, Life in Fog was eligible to be nominated for the Academy Awards (best short documentary) in 2001.
As part of a special event for the 15th annual meeting of the Iranian Medical Association in Washington, D.C., held over the Memorial Day Weekend, Life in Fog was screened along with two other short films. Producer Bahman Maghsoudlou answered questions after the screening.
The film was also screened on June 4, 2008 at the first Sinfronteras Festival International de Cine in Medellin, Colombia. The purpose of the festival is to shine a light on a different social subject each year. The first year’s topic was the depiction of children in the movies, to which Life in Fog was ideally suited. Producer Bahman Maghsoudlou gave an overview of the widespread use of children in Iranian cinema.
Life in Fog is now available on DVD from Pathfinder Pictures. It appears as a special feature on the same DVD with IFVC production Ahmad Mahmoud: A Noble Novelist. It can be ordered from Amazon, Netflix, direct from IFVC.com or at any of your finer video outlets.