Fireworks Wednesday

Original title: Chahar Shanbeh Souri
Type: Fiction

* Hedieh Tehrani  * Taraneh Alidousti * Hamid Farokh-Nejad;
* Pantea Bahram  * Matin Heydarnia  * Houman Seyedi
* Hassan Tasïri  * Sahar Dolatshahi * Ebrahim Javadi  * Forough Ghojabeyglou

by: Asghar Farhadi
Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi & Mani Haghighi
Director of Photography: Hossein Jafarian
Editing: Hayedeh Safiyari
Sound Recorder: Hassan Zahedi & Hossein Abousedgh
Sound Mixer: Massoud Behnam
Music: Peyman Yazdanian
Producer: Jamal Sadatian
Company: Boshra Films – Iran
Year: 2006
Running Time: 104 min
Film Gauge: 35mm, couleur
Original version : Persian

Three days prior to the Iranian New Year Rouhi, a maid, is hired to clean the home of  Morteza, Mojdeh and their child. Mojdeh suspects her husband is cheating on her. The young maid observes the relationships and realities of this family during Fireworks Wednesday. This is the story of one day in the life of an Iranian family.

Director’s statement
In our complex and difficult, modern times, tragedy may be born of the conflict between two forms of good. This is contrary to classical tragedy may be born of the conflict between good and evil.
In the past, people naturally favoured the triumph of good over evil, but things are not so simple nowadays. We find it hard to take sides and it is no longer certain which side will triumph. We want neither the triumph nor the defeat of those involved.
“Fireworks Wednesday” is a film about human beings in conflict, a day in their existence fraught with tension. A day in the life of an Iranian family set against the explosive New Year’s festival when things may get out of hand.

Festival debut:
* Locarno International Film Festival-Switzerland, 2006 « Official Selection »

* Best Director, Best Actress, Best Editing – Fajr IFF-Iran, 2006
* Junior Jury Award – Locarno IFF, 2006
* Winner of THE GOLD HUGO for Best Feature Narrative – Chicago IFF-USA, 2006
* Special Jury Prize for the Best Screenplay – Les 3 Continents,Nantes-France, 2006
* The Rajata Chakoram Award for the Best Director – Kerala IFF-India, 2006
* Winner of THE GOLD LADY HARIMAGUADA for Best Feature – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria IFF–Spain, 2007
* Best Director Award – Festival International du Cinéma d’auteur de Rabat–Moroco, 2007
* Winner of 20ème anniversaire RRC – Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cannes, France, 2007.