Director: Hassan Yekta Panah / Jafar Kanahi / Martin Sulik
About This DVD
Hassan Yektapanah, former assistant director to master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, makes his debut with this gentle look at difficulties faced by foreigners living in Iran. The film centers on Djomeh (Jalil Nazari), an Afghani refugee who works in a small dairy farm near a remote mountain village. His older roommate and fellow countryman Habib (Rashid Akbari) watches over the youth like a brother. His Iranian boss Mr. Mahmoud (Mahmoud Behraznia) is a sweet-natured old man who takes a shine to Djomeh's hardworking ways. The villagers are less sympathetic to Afghanis, though. Children hurl rocks at them while adults hurl slurs. When Djomeh falls for the daughter of a local shopkeeper, he is at a loss for what to do. Under strict Islamic law, he cannot speak with her directly - a family member must act on his behalf. Unfortunately, Djomeh has no family and frets as to whether or not to ask Mr. Mahmoud for help. This film was screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
The story is rather thin, but the neat twists make this Iranian drama, of a feisty little girl trying to find her way home, interesting. The girl's journey begins when she exits school and discovers that her mother is not outside awaiting her. Worried, the child, garbed in traditional clothes and sporting a cast, calls home, but no one answers. Though she doesn't know her own address, she is pretty sure she can find her way and so boards what looks like the correct bus. During the journey she watches the people around her. When they finally arrive at the terminus, she realizes that she has gone the wrong way. A friendly driver puts matters to rights, but by this time the child has become petulant and it is at this time that the course of the film surprisingly transcends itself to become a film about making a film.
The residents of a small town that exists only in the imagination find their lives reflecting the turmoil of the real world in this fantasy that bridges comedy and drama. A series of episodes follows the misadventures of people living in a village "that never was and never will be" somewhere in the former Czechoslovakia. A soldier (Csongor Kassay) discovers the local woman who seduced him (Vilma Cibulkova) has more on her mind than he imagined. A tramp (Jiri Pecha) caught stealing food finds that his St. Christopher medal comes in handy. As Germany and Russia battle for control of the nation, two children (Lukas Miscovic and Jukub Rada) watch their village caught in the crossfire. A goatherd (Ivan Martinka) eats a snake, with surprising results; a bully (Jan Kraus) falls victim to unexpected justice; and two women (Vera Galatikova and Viera Topinkova) in their twilight years look back with mixed emotions on their lives and their hometown. Krajinka received its North American premier at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival.
|Audio Format:||DD 2.0 Stereo|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic) / Widescreen 1.66:1|
|Country Made:||Iran, France, Slovakia|
|Special Features:||Film Clips, Production Notes, Director, Photo Gallery, Highlights|
|Availability:||Usually ships in 5-10 days|