By Amir Naderi
Original title – SAAZ DAHANI
International title – HARMONICA
When adult relations are recast in a childhood world, you eventually prefer to lose everything close to your heart rather than continue suffering indignities.
In making ‘Harmonica’, I found my true path. It grew from the depths of my own childhood which led me to make my other films, ‘Waiting’ and ‘The Runner’. Taken together they became my childhood trilogy. I owe this trilogy to the inspiration of ‘400 Blows’, ‘The Apu Trilogy’, De Sica’s films, and Bunuel’s ‘Los Olvidados’. These films gave me the courage to find my own voice.
I made ‘Harmonica’ in the south of Iran where I grew up. Working with children who had never seen a camera, integrating the colors of the south, experimenting with impressionist styles and thus recreating my childhood atmosphere, was such an enjoyable experience.
Masoud Goudarzi ▪ Mehdi Javadi ▪ Shahla Darvishi ▪
Yaghoub Moradzadeh ▪ Mohammad Moradzadeh ▪ Abbas Pourahmadi ▪ Jomeh Tanin ▪ Abbas Raeissi ▪ Jomeh Vafabakhsh ▪ Eshagh Ahmadzadeh
Writen & Directed by – Amir Naderi
Director’s assistant – Reza Zahiri
Cinematographer – Alireza Zarindast
Cinematographer’s Assistant – Reza Pakzadeh
Editing – Sohrab Shahid-Saless
Sound Designer & Mix – Harayer Atashkar
Sound Editor – Amir-Hossein Hami
Sound Recordist – Ahmad Asgari
Production Manager – Mohsen Nosrati
Produced by: Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults – Kanoon
Restored in 4K by Roashana Laboratory in 2023
International Sales & Festivals – MK2 FILMS