The Key

By Ebrahim Forouzesh

Original title – Kelid
International title – The key


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.


Amir-Mohammad Hassanpour
Emad Taheri
Mahnaz Ansarian
Fatemeh Assar


Directed by – Ebrahim Forouzesh
Screenplay and Editing – Abbas Kiarostami
Director of Photography – Mohammad Aladpoush
Sound Designer – Changuiz Sayyad
Sound Recordist – Nezamoddin Kiaee & Ahmad Asgari

Producer – Alireza Zarrin
Produced by – Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults – Kanoon

Festival Debut:
39th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany. February 10-21, 1989.
‘Generation / 14 Plus’ section.