Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf Run Time: 75 min. Release Year: 1996 Language: Persian (Farsi)
Starring: Abbas Sayah, Hossein Moharami, Parvaneh Ghalandari, Rogheih Moharami, Shaghayeh Djodat
“Dazzling! The bold, almost psychedelically vivid images are woven together with a dreamlike density as pure as that of Cocteau’s THE BLOOD OF A POET.” — Entertainment Weekly
Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s masterpiece is a brilliantly colorful, profoundly romantic ode to beauty, nature, love and art — an epic tale of the forbidden passion that shapes the legend of a magical carpet.
A folkloric carpet picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback is the prized possession of a nomadic elderly couple. When they wash it on the bank of a creek, a beautiful young woman suddenly emerges from the carpet to join them. Once held hostage by the family that fashioned the carpet, she reveals the carpet’s secret lies within a mysterious black-clad rider on a white horse.