The Last Days of Winter

Original title: Akharin rouzhaye zemestan
French title: Les Derniers Jours de l’Hiver
Type: Documentary


Written and Directed by:
Mehrdad Oskouei
Director of Photography: Ashkan Ashkani
Editing: Farid Daghagheleh
Music: Morteza Saedi
Sound Recorder: Hadi Saed Mohkam
Sound Mixer: Hossein Mahdavi
Director’s consultant: Babak Karimi
Producer: Mehrdad Oskouei
Production Company: Oskouei Film Production
Production Country: Iran
Year: 2011
Running Time: 52min
Shooting format: HDV; colour
Screening format: HD CAM, Digibeta
Sound: Mono
Ratio: 16/9
Original version: Persian
Subtitled in: English or French

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.

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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.

* Winner of : *BLACKBERRY IDFA DOC U AWARD* 2011.
* Winner of : *Golden FIFOG* for best documentary at the 7th International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva, 2012.
* Winner of : *Youth Selection Award* at the 12th Escales Documentaires, La Rochelle, France, 2012.
* Winner of : *Jury’s Special Mention* at the 22nd Traces de Vies International Documentary Film Festival, France 2012.

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