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Films 2009


by Ali Karim / Iran 2009 / 100' / closing film out of competition

Cast and credits

Original title / Chaleh

English title / The pothole

Director / Ali Karim

Screenplay / Ali Karim

Cinematography / Morteza Hodaei

Editing / Behzad Mosleh

Music / Amir Tavasoli

Sound / Alireza Alavian

Cast / Mostafa Tari, Sina Razani, Siyamak Ehsaei

Production / Majid Motalebi

Format / 35 mm, colour

Runtime / 100′


An old widower lives in a tumbledown house with his second young wife. The village where he lives was hard hit by the earthquake. In order to earn a living, the man, who is a mechanic, finds out an ingenious system. Not far from his house he digs a deep pothole in the road, and then waits for the cars to fall inside. The road is not well-travelled, but the few travellers fall in the trap, so they need the help of the old man. But one day, a politician decides to repair the pothole…

The director

Ali Karim was born in Teheran in 1977, and enters in the Iranian film circuit in 2000. In the summer 2006 he attended a workshop with Abbas Kiarostami where he directed two short films, Yellow, Blue, Red and The Elevator, selected for several international film festival. The Pothole is his debut feature.