The Last Days of Winter

By Mehrdad Oskouei

Original title – Akharin rouzhaye zemestan
International title – The Last Days of Winter
French title – Les Derniers Jours de l’Hiver


The last few days of winter and Tehran prepares for the Iranian New Year. The camera follows the lives of 7 teenagers, inmates in a children’s correctional unit. We share their thoughts about what brought them there and the means of escape from a cruel destiny.


Written & Directed by – Mehrdad Oskouei
Director of Photography – Ashkan Ashkani
Editing – Farid Daghagheleh
Sound Designer – Hossein Mahdavi
Sound Recordist – Hadi Saed Mohkam
Music – Morteza Saedi

First assistant director – Vahid Hajilouei
Executive producers – Rouzbeh Farazmand & Massoud Astandari

Director’s consultant – Babak Karimi

Producer – Mehrdad Oskouei
Production Company – Oskouei Films

Distribution in France – Les Films du Whippet

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner of: ‘BLACKBERRY IDFA DOC U AWARD’ 2011.
  • Winner of: ‘Golden FIFOG – Best Documentary’ – 7th International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva, 2012.
  • Winner of: ‘Youth Selection Award’ – 12th Escales Documentaires, La Rochelle, France, 2012.
  • Winner of: ‘Jury’s Special Mention’ – 22nd Traces de Vies International Documentary Film Festival, France, 2012.
  • 24th IDFA, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2011, The Netherlands. ‘Reflecting Images – Panorama & DOC U’ section.
  • International Documentary Edge Film Festival, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, 2012.
  • Middle East Now Film Festival, Florence, Italy, 2012.
  • 7th International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, 2012.
  • 11th Documentary Film Festival in Lasalle – Cévennes, France, 2012.
  • 6th Filem’on, International Children’s Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium. 2012.
  • 12th Escales Documentaires, La Rochelle, France, 2012.
  • Documentary Film Month at the ancient chapel of the Abbey of Aniane, France, 2012.
  • 21st Traces de Vies Festival, Clermont Ferrand, France, 2012.
  • Black Movie Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013.
  • Atmosphères 53, 5ème Festival du Film Judiciaire de Laval, France, 2013.
  • 3ème Festival Documentaire ‘Enfance dans le monde », Paris, France, 2013.
  • 3rd Prague, Iranian Film Festival, Czech Republic. January 08-12, 2014.
  • 13th True/False Film Festival, Columbia, Missouri, USA. March 3-6, 2016.
  • Anthology Film Archives, Retrospective section, New York, USA. February 23-28, 2018.
  • DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland. January 27-February 02, 2020.
  • DocPoint Tallinn International Documentary Film Festival, Estonia. January 29-February 02, 2020.