Directed and produced by Reza Mirkarimi, the film tells the story of a 42-year-old father of two.
He unintentionally kills a relative. A court of law rules the murder was accidental.
Getting out of prison, he leaves his wife and kids and moves to another city. After a while, the father has to go back to his hometown as his wife is brain-dead.
He has to take care of his son and daughter while his wife is hospitalized. Although reluctant, he does his best to fulfill the children’s fantasy of building a dream castle drawn by their mother.
The starring role of the film is played by Hamed Behdad who won the Best Actor award from the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival in China.
The 86-minute film brought Mirkarimi the Best Director award and the highest prize at the Shanghai film event.
The title recently won Best Film and Best Director awards at the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh.
‘Castle of Dreams’ also received the awards for best film and best director at the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival in Georgia as well as the Crystal Simorgh awards for Best Screenplay and Best Music at the 2019 Fajr Film Festival in Iran.
The film has hit the screen at several global events, including the 20th Asiatica Film Festival in Italy, the 9th Iranian Film Festival Australia, the 2019 Rabat International Festival of Film and the 2020 Iranian Film Festival in Zurich in Switzerland.
ifilm has interviewed the actors Behdad and Youna Tadayyon, the actresses Zhila Shahi and Niousha Alipour as well as the director of ‘Castle of Dreams’. Click here to watch the report.