The President
Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

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The President and his family rule their land with an iron fist, enjoying lives of luxury and leisure at the expense of their population's misery... THE PRESIDENT is the story of a dictator who comes face to face with the people he previously subjugated.

"The initial spark came about eight years ago in Afghanistan, as I looked out over the city of Kabul from the rubble of the destroyed Darul Aman Palace. At that time a thought suddenly entered my mind: What if a president was embracing his child and looking out their big palace window and the President suddenly decided to entertain his child with a demonstration of absolute power: by turning all the lights, in the entire city, on and off? Just for fun. And what if the lights that were turned off during this game didn't go back on? What then? So this imaginary scenario was the initial spark that later led to the story of THE PRESIDENT."
Mohsen Makhmalbaf in an interview with Screen Daily

tags: Society, Humor, Crisis/Revolution, Politics, Feature film

Cast: Misha Gomiashvili, Dachi Orvelashvili, Ia Sukhitashvili, Guja Burduli, Zura Begalishvili, Lasha Ramishvili, Soso Khvedelidze, Dato Beshitaishvili


Screenplay: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Marziyeh Meshkiny

Director of Photography: Konstantin Mindia Esadze

Film Editor: Hana Makhmalbaf, Marziyeh Meshkiny

Composer: Guja Burduli, Tajdar Junaid

Production Designer: Mamuka Esadze

Costume Design: Ketevan Kalandadze

Sound: Nika Paniashvili

Producer: Maysam Makhmalbaf, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Vladimir Katcharava

Production Company: 20 Steps Production

Co-Producer: David Grumbach, Mathieu Robinet, Rudolph Herzog, Henning Bruemmer

Co-Production Company: President Fame limited, Makhmalbaf Film House Production

World Sales: Bac Films Distribution

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf