Focal Point – Bashu, the Little Stranger (1990)
Bashu, the Little Stranger is a 1986 Iranian drama film that was directed by Bahram Beizai. The film was produced in 1986, and was released in 1989.
Beizai is a part of the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that commenced in the late 1960s. Other directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Sales, and Parviz Kimiavi are also considered to be pioneers in the movement.
The film is about a young boy from Khuzestan province, in the south of Iran. The Iran–Iraq War is raging on. He loses his parents in a bombing raid and he escapes on a cargo truck to the north. Eventually he finds refuge on the farm of a Gilaki woman, Na’i . She has two young children of her ownan though she tries to shoo Bashu away, later takes pity on him. Soon they form a bond which is the crux of the film.
The film stars Susan Taslimi, Parvis Pourhosseini and Adnan Afravian in the lead roles. Bashu has been written by the director himself.
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