A Very Ordinary Citizen

Original title: Yek Shahrvand-e Kamelan Maamouli
International title: A Very Ordinary Citizen
Type: Fiction

* Souren Mnatsakanian………….Mr.Safari
* Shadi Karamroudi………………..Sara
* Nahid Hadadi………………………..Parvin

Director: Majid Barzegar
Screenplay: Jafar Panahi & Majid Barzegar
Director of Photography: Amin Jafari
Editing: Hamidreza Barzegar
Sound Designer: Amir Hossein Ghasemi
Sound Recordist: Yadolah Najafi
Set & Costume Designer: Leila Naghdi Pari
Make-Up: Elham Salehi
Production Manager: Mehdi Barzegar

Producers: Majid Modarresi & Saeed Armand
Production Company: Armand Production

Co-Producers: Jordi Niubó & Kaveh Farnam
Co-Production Companies: i/o post & Media Nest – Czech Republic

With financial support of the « Hubert Bals Fund », Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Shooting format: Arri Amira. 2k
Screening format: DCP
Sound: 5.1 Surround
Ratio: 16:9
Original version: Persian
Subtitled in: English
Running Time: 100min
Year: 2015

Fiction – Colour – 100min – 2015 – Iran / Czech Republic


Tehran. Present day.
After the death of his wife and facing the onset of Alzheimer’s Mr Safari, an eighty-year-old pensioner, decides to visit his son, who lives abroad and cannot return home for security reasons.
Sara, a young woman working in a travel agency, is given the task of organising Mr Safari’s travel arrangements.
But then Mr Safiri falls in love with Sara, gives up all ideas of travelling and
decides, before his memory completely fails, to express his love for Sara at any price, even if it involves murder.

Director’s Statement:
A Very Ordinary Citizen is the continuation of the exploration that began in my previous films, Rainy Seasons (2010) and Parviz (2012): a portrayal of the stressful and mundane portions of urban life in Tehran and an examination of the destructive aspects of human nature, which form part of my society.
In line with my previous films, it is also an exploration of a particular form of cinema: a largo piece through which the story unfolds obliquely and at a slow pace, with no big dramatic moment (even the murder scene will be ordinary and banal, just like life itself), which allows us to live along with its characters as things occur to them.
This unconventional romance/crime drama was shot in long takes, following the characters through their environment in order to reflect their consternations and obsessions.

*-51st Chicago International Film Festival, USA. October 15-29, 2015. « International Feature Film Competition » section.
*-56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece. November 6-15, 2015. « Open Horizons » section.
*-20th Kerala International Film Festival, India. December 4-11, 2015. « World Cinema » section.
*-5th Iranian Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic. January 13-17, 2016. « Special Screenings » section.
*-Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, Scotland, UK. February 19-21, 2016. Venue: Filmhouse Cinema, « Non Competitive Festival »
*-29th Finale Plzen Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic. April 2016.
*-3rd Köln Iranian Film Festival, Germany. May 26-29, 2016.
*-2nd Zurich Iranian Film Festival, Switzerland. May 26-June 1, 2016.
*-4ème Festival Cinéma (s) d’Iran, Paris, France. June 1-7, 2016.
*-Das Iranische Wien, Vienna, Austria. Screening date: June 12, 2016.
*-Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia. July 10-17, 2016. Non competitive section « Yerevan Premieres ».
*-32ème Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou, France. August 20-27, 2016.
*-Calgary International Film Festival, Canada. September 21-October 2, 2016.
*-5th Persian Film Festival, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney, Australia. September 22-October 3, 2016.
*-9th Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA. September 24-25, 2016.
*-Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Toronto, Canada. November 4-12,  2016. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-13ème Festival du Film Transsaharien, Zagora, Maroc. December 15-20, 2016. « Competition » section
*-Persische Kulturwoche München, Germany. January 27-February 4, 2017.
Iranian Film Screening dates: Januvary 29 & 30, 2017.

*Winner of: *Sepanta Award* for *Best Film*
*Winner of: *Sepanta Award* for *Best Director*
*Winner of: *Sepanta Award* for Best Performance by an Actor: *Souren Mnatsakanian* 
at the 9th Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, 2016.
*Winner of: *Special Jury Prize* at the 5th Persian Film Festival, Australia, 2016.