Half Moon

Synopsis: Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he sets out for the long and troublesome journey in a derelict bus, denying a recurring vision of his own death at half moon. Halfway the party halts at a small village to pick up female singer Hesho, which will only add to the difficulty of the undertaking, as it is forbidden for Iranian women to sing in public, let alone in the company of men. But Mamo is determined to carry through, if not for the gullible antics of the bus driver.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Bahman Ghobadi
Production: Strand Releasing
  5 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Sit down. Come here.

How much for this fighting cock?

One and a half million.

And for that one?

Two million tomans.

Two million.

Mr. Farshid's cock

is at one and a half million.

Kak Amin's fighter

is at 2 million tomans.

No one says 3 million?


No one bids higher?


I quote the philosopher Kierkegaard:

"l am not afraid of death

because when I am here he is not...

"And when he is here I'm not.

"No gain or loss

is more important than death."

What did I say?

"No gain or loss

is more important than death."

Music's ready. 3... 2... 1.

Allo, allo.

Papa, Papa...

What is it?

It's for you.

Who is it?


Who? Who?

Mamo? Just a second.

It's Mamo.



Mamo! Quiet! Quiet!

Just a second.

Bring the phone.


Hello, master. At your service.


At your service.


Is it possible?


They gave you the authorisation?

Of course, tomorrow

I'll go pick up your sons

and then we'll join you.

Goodbye everybody.

My sons will stay to play some music.

Fayegh! Mamo has good news!

I'm not coming.

But you promised!

Give me the keys to the bus,

I only need it for a week.

You promised. Give me the keys.

I'll give you these cocks in exchange.

Two of them.

I love them as much

as I love my two children.

Make twice as much with them

as with your bus!

Here take them.

Rent another bus,

I'll pay you for it when I get back.

Your bus will be famous.

Why? There are a thousand buses!

A thousand. A thousand.

A thousand eyes will be on this bus!

See this camera?

My friend Nemat gave it to me,

no problem.

But you,

just to lend me this old wreck,

one day it's yes, one day it's no.

If you lend it, it's a good deed,

if not, say so straight away

and goodbye.

But I told you that I want it

on Friday for my niece's wedding

to decorate it.

I give, I don't, I give, I don't.

So don't. I don't care.

You're not human.

But you want my bus for two weeks.

You know how famous you'll be?

from different countries to see us.

You know what I'll say

when I'm up there

in front of 500,000 people?

That without you,

there wouldn't be a bus

and we wouldn't even be here today.

You'll be so famous: BBC, CNN...

In fact, you'll be known all over the

world. How famous you're going to be!

Is that true? Do you promise?

To God and His prophet.

I'll go crazy, I'll die from joy.

I agree, but promise me to go

only on asphalt roads

and you'll be careful about bumps.

Whatever you say.

And no dirt roads!

None. I'll take care of it

as if it were my own.

And you swear to change the oil often?

This bus feeds my ten children.

It's Afsaneh!

Get rid of her!

What should I say?

I don't know.


Tell her...Tell her I'm in the toilet.

What? My bus is the toilet?

And you want me to lend you my bus?

Come on get rid of her.

Allo? Allo!


It's Miss Afsaneh.

Hello, Miss Afsaneh. How are you?

My God, your wife!

Who was that?

Good day!

Shut up! I asked you who that was?

I don't know.

Tell her anything.

It was Kak Amin.

Kak Mohamad Amin, the singer?

It was a woman's voice. Don't kid me.

Who was it! Shame on you.

Let me ask him. Who was this woman?

But what woman? He's lying.

Kak Mohamad Amin had a throat operation

last year.

He sounds like a woman now.

How dare you even open your mouth?

You call yourself a man!

Shame on you.

Wife! Wife!

#l changed my name to Kako

out of love for Mamo.#


I'm Kako, I'm at your service,

at the service of Mamo.

Please put your suitcases in the bus,

I'll help you.

Mamo said eight, but you're only seven!

One isn't coming.

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