ifilm English TV has published an exclusive report on Iranian Feature ‘Oath’ directed by Mohsen Tanabandeh.
ifilm has interviewed the actors Saeed Aqakhani, Mehran Ahmadi, Azadeh Mehdizadeh, Hossein Pour-Karimi, Masoud Sakhaee, as well as some other cineastes and cinemagoers.
Produced by Elham Ghafouri and Jalil Shabani, a brief synopsis for the film reads, “Rezvan is murdered and now her family is after proving the fact that her husband is the one who killed her. The family members led by Rezvan’s sister take a bus to Mashhad where they will testify against Rezvan’s husband swearing on the Quran that he has done it”.
Scheduled to go on screen at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival in Japan, the film was screened at the 37th Fajr Film Festival and got several nominations. Although, it was not able to grab any awards, it received various positive reviews.
The Hollywood Reporter published a review on the movie and hailed Tanabandeh’s latest film, describing it as a title that “has enough drama and vivid characters to find festival favor”.
The article makes a distinction between Tanabandeh’s comedy ‘Guinness’ and his drama ‘Oath’, noting “One could argue that ‘Oath’ is hardly less surreal than the men who have to ride turkeys in ‘Guinness’. But here the stakes are much higher, particularly for the stalwart heroine Razieh (Afshar), and there is little in the way of comic relief”.
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