WORDS WITH GODS
Nine world-famous directors came together for this omnibus film on the subject of spirituality. Not organized religion, but individual relationships with faith are the subject. Bahman Ghobadi‘s segment “Kaboki” deals with Siamese twin brothers connected at the back of the head. One of them is a devout Moslem, the other a free-spirited epicurean.
Cast: Demian Bichir, Emir Kusturica, Richa Chadda, Inma Cuesta, Shady Srour
Screenplay: Bahman Ghobadi, Álex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechevarría et al.
Director of Photography: Giora Bejach, Kiko de la Rica, Shanker Raman, Tetsuro Sano et al.
Film Editor: Shimit Amin, Pablo Blanco, Roland Gallois, Isabelle Ingold, Svetolik Zajc
Composer: Peter Gabriel, Lore Balfe, Stribor Kusturica, Joan Valent
Production Designer: Suzanne Caplan Merwanji
Costume Design: Urmilla Lal Motwani
Sound: Sinan Berksoz, Raúl Locatelli et al.
Producer: Bahman Ghobadi, Lucas Akoskin, Guillermo Arriaga, Alex Garcia
Production Company: Mij Film Co, BN Films
Director: Bahman Ghobadi, Amos Gitai, Àlex de la Iglesia et al.
Bahman Ghobadi was born in Baneh in 1969, a city in Iranian Kurdistan near the Iraqi border. The Iran-Iraq War forced his family to move to Sanandaj, the capital of Iranian Kurdistan. After high school graduation, Ghobadi moved to Teheran, where he began working as a photographer. He attended Iranian Broadcasting College, but did not graduate. He then worked as assistant director to Abbas Kiarostami on THE WIND WILL CARRY US. After shooting several documentary shorts on Super8, he made his award-winning breakout short LIFE IN FOG 1999. He named his production co. Mij (Fog), which funds and produces Kurdish films, after this film. “Iran has always been a region that cradled a multitude of different ethnic groups, Turkmens, Kurds and Turks, yet their voices are rarely expressed in Iranian cinema,” says Ghobadi. He made the first Iranian Kurdish feature film 2000, A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES, followed by TURTLES CAN FLY (2004), HALF MOON (2006) and NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (2009), winning numerous international awards, including the Caméra d'Or in Cannes, the Glass Bear in Berlin, two main prizes in San Sebastian, the Index on Censorship award and numerous audience awards worldwide. Bahman Ghobadi has been making Kurdish films for twenty years now, often working with non-actors and laypeople.