The Suitors

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The Suitors

Writer, Director: Ghasem Ebrahimian
Editor: Amir Naderi
with Bahman Maghsoudlou
1988, Color, 106 min., USA

A well-to-do Iranian, Haji, arrives in Manhattan from Tehran with his new bride. Overcome by nostalgia for the old country, his friends hold a traditional feast, slaughtering a sheep in their apartment. Blood seeps through the floor into an apartment below. A bizarre series of events then unfolds as a SWAT team unleashed against the ‘terrorists’ kills the bridegroom, leaving behind a beautiful, bewildered widow and her four zealous suitors. Playing with the tensions of strangers in a strange land, Ghasem Ebrahimian’s intriguing first feature is a witty dark comedy.

Bahman Maghsoudlou’s debut as an actor was well received at the Cannes Film Festival (Director’s Fortnight), 1988.

“Thoroughly unpredictable … remarkably accomplished … terrific panache … breathtaking.” –Kevin Thomas, LA Times

“A masterstroke of black comedy.” –Elvis Mitchell, LA Weekly

Photo Gallery [Cannes Film Festival 1988]

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