The Key

Original title: Kelid
Type: Fiction

Amir-Mohammad Hassanpour, Emad Taheri, Mahnaz Ansarian, Fatemeh Assar

by: Ebrahim Forouzesh
Screenplay and Editing: Abbas Kiarostami
Director of Photography: Mohammad Aladpoush
Sound Recorder: Nezamedin Kiaee, Ahmad Asgari
Company: Institute for Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults – Kanoon – Iran
Year: 1986
Running Time: 70 min
Film Gauge: 35mm, Colour
Original Version: Persian

Mother has gone shopping, and four-year-old Amir-Mohammad’s having problems looking after his one-year-old brother while keeping an eye on the food cooking in the kitchen. The smell of burnt food and the baby’s cries attract a neighbour, who comes along to find out what is going on. She cannot get into the house as the door is locked and Amir-Mohammad cannot find the spare key. The neighbour rushes to the nearby shops to look for the children’s mother, but comes across their grandmother on her way back to the house. From behind the closed door the two women try to guide Amir-Mohammad to find the key in order to prevent any mishap occurring before his mother’s arrival.

Festival debut:
The 39th Berlin International Film Festival, 1989