I Hate The Dawn

Original title: Man az sepideye sobh bizaram
International title: I Hate The Dawn
Type: Fiction, ‘Second Feature’

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* Babak Karimi  * Amir Azizi  * Mohammad Ahmadi
* Hossein Eskandari  * Mahsa Zarif  * Masoud Zarif
* Hooshang Radipoor  * Mahjabin Moazezi  * Masoud Soleimani
* Mehdi Amiri  * Alireza Alavian  * Morvarid Kashian

Written & Directed by: Ali Karim
Director of Photography: Morteza Hodaei
Editing: Behzad Mosleh
Sound Recorder: Vahid Moghaddassi
Sound Mixer: Alireza Alavian
Set & Costume Designer: Vahid Jafari
Make-Up: Morteza Mottaghi
First assistant Director: Mahjabin Moazezi
Photographer: Ensieh Lashgari
Line producer: Majid motalebi
Executive producer: Saba kamkar
Production Manager: Mehdi Cheraghi
Producer: Ali Karim
Production Company: LONG TAKE FILMS

Shooting format: SI 2K
Screening format: DCP
Sound: Stereo
Ratio: 16/9
FPS: 24
Original version: Persian
Subtitled in: English or French
Running Time: 110 min
Year: 2013

Fiction – colour – 110min – 2013 – Iran


Babak Sepehri, an independent film-maker, is driving to a shoot with his young assistant, Amir. A tired and agitated Amir explains his state by saying he’s working on a script that keeps him awake at night. Curious to know the script’s contents Babak persuades Amir to go through it, thus gradually unveiling Amir’s secret…

Director’s Statement:
I have hated loneliness since childhood, and the fear is still with me. Perhaps now, at a time of extensive means of communication, humans think that loneliness has become only a memory. I almost belong to the generation that has grown up with the vast growth of communication. With social networks and means of communication, there is now no gap between people of today. However, this is not the whole story. I think humans still suffer from loneliness with the coming of the global village, and I believe we separate from one another day by day. Perhaps I Hate The Dawn originates from that worry. At a time when problems emerge in various societies in different forms every day and when facing those problems presents a bitter, hopeless, and dark image before us, I believe in a more complete interpretation of life in my country Iran, in the midst of difficult and perilous days, which calls me to consider, with serenity and a sweet smile, of ‘living for the sake of life’, as Khayyam the great Iranian poet puts it:
Merry with wine, if you are Khayyam, be blithe.
With a winsome face, if you are, be blithe.
As desolation is the end of existence.
Imagine you don’t exist, but while you do, be blithe!

*-Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Los Angeles, CA, USA. April 24-May 14, 2014. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK. June 18 – 29, 2014. « Non Competitive Section »
*-18th Purbeck Film Festival, UK. October 10-25, 2014. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA. January 27-February 7, 2015 « Competition Section »
*-Persische Kulturwoche München, Germany. January 27-February 4, 2017.
Iranian Film Screening dates: Januvary 29 & 30, 2017.