A film by Atiq Rahimi

2004 France - Drama


Dastaguir sits on the side of the road, his young grandson,Yassin,at his side. Adesolate Afghan landscape streches out all around him- a half-demolished bridge, a dry riverbed below and a dusty road that reaches its vanishing point on the horizon. That road leads to a far-off coalmine, Dastaguir's dreaded destination. He is on a painful journey to see his son, the child's father, who works in the mine. He must tell him that their village has been bombed and his entire family killed. The old man is torn betwenn his own remorse, his unbearable solitude and codes of honor deeply engrained in the afghan soul. As he struggles with so many conflicting emotions, Dastaguir encounters several strangers along the way. There's the sentry house guard, the philosophical roadside merchant, the mysterious veiled woman who waits endlessly, and other victims of this nameless war that goes on somewhere off-screen.

  • cast

    • Abdul Ghani (Dastaguir)
    • Jawan Mard Homayoun (Yassin)
    • Walli Tallosh (Mirza Qadir)
    • Guilda Chahverdi (Zayna)
  • crew

    • Production
    • Dimitri de Clercq
    • Screenplay
    • Atiq Rahimi
    • Screenplay
    • Kambozia Partovi
    • Co-production
    • Eric Guichard
  • infos

    • Running time
    • 103 min
    • Format
    • Color 35mm - Scope
    • Sound
    • Dolby SRD

awards & nominations

  • Cannes 2004 - Official Selection - Un Certain Regard



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