Original name: (Ghasre Shirin/ قصر شیرین)
Drama, 86 min, 2019, Iran
Directed, Produced & Edited by: Reza Mirkarimi
Writers: Mohsen Gharaei , Mohammad Davoudi
Cast: Hamed Behdad (Jalal), Zhila Shahi (Najmeh), Azadeh Nobahari (Nasrin), Nioosha Alipour (Sara), Youna Tadayyon (Ali), Akbar Ayeen (Behrouz).
When mom is terminally ill at the hospital, dad comes along after the long years of absence. Anxious and hesitant, he has got no way but taking his son and his daughter away. But to which destination when he has not managed to build the castle of dreams drawn by mom for the children?
Born in Tehran in 1967, Reza Mirkarimi is a graduate of Graphic Arts from the University of Fine Arts in Tehran. He began his career in cinema as director, writer and producer in 1987 with a short film and two TV series. His directorial debut, The Child and The Soldier (1999), won national and international awards in Isfahan, Nantes and Zlin. His second feature, Under the Moonlight (2000) won the 40th International Critics Week Best Feature Award at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival. It went on to win the Best Director Award and the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2001, and the Golden Peacock Award at the International Film Festival of India. Mirkarimi has so far won seven Golden Simorgh awards at the Fajr Film Festival. Three of his films were selected as Iran’s submission to the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film category: So Close, So Far (2005), A Cube of Sugar (2011), and Today (2014). His fourth and fifth feature films, As Simple as That (2007) and Daughter (2016), won the Golden George Award for Best Picture at the 30th and the 38th Moscow International Film Festival respectively. His latest film, Castle of Dreams (2019), won big at Shanghai, receiving three awards for the best picture, the best director and the best actor.
He has served two terms as managing director of KHANEH CINEMA (Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds). Reza Mirkarimi has been also the festival director of Fajr International Film Festival for the last 4 years.
Feature Films: 1999- The Child and the Soldier; 2000- Under the Moonlight; 2003- Here, A Shining Light; 2005- So Close, So Far; 2007- As Simple as That; 2011- A Cube of Sugar; 2014- Today; 2016- Daughter; 2019- Castle of Dreams.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS:
inner of Golden Goblet for Best Film, Shanghai International Film Festival 2019
Winner of Golden Goblet for Best Actor, Shanghai International Film Festival 2019
Winner of Golden Goblet for Best Director, Shanghai International Film Festival 2019
Winner of Simorgh Crystal for Best Screenplay, Fajr Film Festival 2019
Winner of Simorgh Crystal for Best Music, Fajr Film Festival 2019