Mir Qanbar is now a 74-year-old retiree who has dedicated himself to winning an elected position in his country’s government, be it the presidency or merely a seat in Parliament. He comes across not as a Don Quixote, tilting at windmills, but instead as a quiet, determined man who has given considerable thought to the policies he would introduce, and works extremely hard to reach his unattainable goal. Beautifully filmed, director Mohammad Shirvani takes a stylized film approach, showing the off-beat, sometimes pathetic presidential campaign of an old man who is making his last stab for political power.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Mohammad Shirvani started making short films and documentaries in 1991. Known for his unique style and sense of humor, Mohammad Shirvani represents a new generation of Iranian filmmakers who take an avant-garde approach to storytelling, utilizing low-cost digital technology to their advantage, thereby avoiding most censors’ scrutiny. His films include President Mir Qanbar (2005), Nahf (2004), and The Candidate (2001).
Exclusive Interview with Director Mohammad Shirvani