In recent years Alireza Ghorbani has established himself as on of the new generation's masters of Persian song. This recognition has come about as much by the range of his repertoire, accuracy and naturalness of voice as it has by his impeccable taste and uncompromising approach. With him, the musical tradition has been revitalised, renewed, transcended. Firstly by his real musical creativity in interpreting new compositions inspired by contemporary poets. Then in the technical and stylistic contribution he brings in to play on the evolution of the musical tradition. Virtuosity, ornamentation, invention, the ability to improvise on the poetic texts may be qualities common to several current Iranian artists, but what remains remarkable about Ghorbani is the conjunction of all these perfections in a single singer.
Shot undercover in Iran’s teeming capital, this brave low-budget film speaks volumes about the everyday repressions faced by middle-class, literate Iranians — a focus only intensified by the recent presidential election and its continued aftermath of mass protest and state-sanctioned clampdown.
Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Saman Salur crafts this tender yet darkly comic tale of two lost souls working together at a lonely gas station that appears to be the very edge of the earth. Sadry and his new assistant may not have much in common on the surface, though the fact that they work together in a remote gas station in a deserted area of Iran is more than enough reason for them to find a common ground. Precious few customers venture out to this region of Iran, so aside from occasional visits by the mailman, Sadry and his disagreeable sidekick are forced to pass the time in relative solitude. But all three of these men have dreams of romance burning deep within their souls, and it's precisely those dreams that serve as their motivation to rise out of bed every morning and go about their daily business as it all is right in the world.