Seven Servants and Ahmad Mahmoud released on DVD

After years of anticipation, one of the final films of superstar Anthony Quinn, Seven Servants, made in 1996 and destined to become a cult film, was released on DVD by Pathfinder Pictures, a Los Angeles-based company. This surrealistic fantasy film was produced by Bahman Maghsoudlou and Stefan Jonas in Germany. David Warner, Alexandra Stewart, Audra MacDonald and Sonja Kirshberger made up the all-star supporting cast. The fabulous music by Gato Barbieri was another major element of the film. Its main theme was released on CD by Sony a few years back and the complete score will soon be released as well. Seven Servants is a production of Das Werk in association with International Film & Video Center (IFVC).

Also released by Pathfinder the same day was Ahmad Mahmoud: A Noble Novelist, the feature documentary directed and produced by Bahman Maghsoudlou about the famous Iranian writer. Shot in Iran in 2002 and released in 2004, it has received critical acclaim and has been selected for various film festivals.

Included as a special bonus feature on the Ahmad Mahmoud DVD is Bahman Ghobadi’s landmark short documentary Life in Fog. The film was produced by IFVC in 1999 and went on to receive fifteen international prizes from the most prestigious film festivals around the world, the most of any short documentary film from Iran.

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