Films In Competition
Nooranipour follows his acclaimed Syrian war doc A157 with this compelling drama, expanding upon the horrors of ISIS operations in Iranian Kurdistan.
Set a day after the Syrian war began, Dayan paints a portrait of the thousands of refugees unable to return to their families once borders were established by terrorist groups. Seiban, an aging Syrian father living in exile with his family, has to make a choice: part with his special-needs children in order to escape, or keep them close and put the family’s lives at the mercy of the military. As he struggles to decide, the world around his family crumbles under the weight of war, leaving little hope for their survival.
Elegant cinematography filmed in the austere, snow-covered mountains of Kurdistan offsets the direness of this story. With a gripping performance from Naser Babaeian as the conflicted father, Dayan is an unforgettable watch for fans of Iranian realist cinema.
Cast & Credits
Behrouz Nooranipour was born in Sanandaj, Iran in 1981. Nooranipour began his artistic career in the esteemed Iranian Youth Cinema Society in 1999. His shorts have screened at festivals around the world, and his 2015 documentary feature A157 took home multiple awards. Dayan is his first fictional feature.
Naser Babaeian, Bahar Maroofi, Azar-Hamid Jafari
*Official Selection, Fajr International Film Festival 2018