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Morteza Farshbaf was born in 1985 and graduated from the Tehran Art University and the School of Cinema and Theater. He has also attended several workshops of Abbas Kiarostami at the Karnameh Institute.
Farshbaf made two feature films, “The Sorrows”, which won the Critics Award and the First Prize of the South Korean Busan Festival, and he has “Bahman” in its work.
His short films include “Halloween”, “Three meters and five minutes extravaganza”, “Taxi”, “Wind Blows Wherever want to” (Critics Award from Tehran Short Film Festival and Best Short Film Award from the Cinema House) and “Scales”.
“Mourning” for me began with a silence in a long tunnel on the Tehran Dome. When I was a student in Mr. Kiarostami’s filmmaking class. On the path, the silence and nature around the road made me think that what if all the sounds and words were left out? How did the human relationship go? Are the signs perfect enough for expressing feelings?
I was thinking of a kind of silence that would be imposed on man and would not allow him to break it. How it transforms identity and transforms into a kind of violence. An image was formed in my mind and it went on until the road reached the end and I reached the destination. With the first word I spoke and breaking the silence of a few hours, I embodied the story of “mourning” to the end in my mind.
“Mourning” is the promising moments of a child on the brink of adolescence, in the midst of his striking life. A non-talkative boy who has to travel with relatives who speak strange words.