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Frontier Blues

Frontier Blues
International title Frontier Blues
Section 47 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes
Country Reino Unido, Irán, Italia
Year 2009
Running time 96
Director Babak Jalali
Screenplay Babak Jalali
Film Editing Babak Jalali, Kambiz Saffari
Photography Shahriar Assadi
Music Noaz Deshe
Production Ginevra Elkann, Saadi Soudavar, Homayoun Assadian
Production design Marjan Golzar
Cast Mahmoud Kaleth, Abolfazl Karimi, Khajeh Araz Dordi, Behzad Shahrivari, Karima Adebibe, George Hashemzadeh, Hossein Shams

Caspian Films

Distribution Company

Caspian Films


This is a singular, impassive depiction of life in a village where nothing ever happens, on the border between Iran and Turkmenistan.  We are introduced to a collection of strange characters exude concise irony: young Hassan, who goes everywhere on his donkey and whose mother left him to go to France; his uncle, who has a clothes shop with no customers and empty shelves; Alam, who works on a chicken farm and learns English with a walkman in order to Baku, where, he thinks, everybody speaks that language. At the same time, a photographer is working on a book about the men of Turkmenistan. His models are a troubadour whose wife left him and his four children. They are all bored to tears posing for his precision shots, forced staging of a lifestyle that no longer exists

Director bio

Babak Jalali was born in 1978 in Gorgan, northern Iran, but has lived mainly in London since 1986. He has a master’s degree in politics from the University of London, as well as a diploma from the London Film School. During his studies there he made three short films: A Trip to the Coast (2002), Nadja (2003), and Boxes (2004). His graduation film, Heydar, an Afghan in Teheran was short-listed in the Best Short Film category at BAFTA in 2006. That same year Babak Jalali had a residency at the Cannes Festival’s Cinéfondation where he developed his first feature film, Frontier Blues.