Rhino Season

Synopsis: Sahel, a poet from the shah era, and Mina, daughter of a wealthy family, are in love. Also Mina's driver is in love with her, as the revolution approaches. The driver becomes a high rank revolutionary and with this power incarcerates the couple. Sahel for 30 years and Mina for 10 years. After 10 years Mina is released and asks for the whereabouts of Sahel. She is told that Sahel has died. Meanwhile, the driver proposes her to stay with him. They travel together to Istanbul. After a further 20 years passes, Sahel is released. Then, he begins the search for his old lover.
Director(s): Bahman Ghobadi
Production: UIP Türkiye
  6 wins & 6 nominations.
88 min



- Wait for me outside.

- Yes ma'am.

You're late!

Here, this is for you.

Again, congratulations on your book!

Good Bye.

For my dear Shirin.

"The Rhino's Last Poem'

- Sahel, where are we going?

- Be patient.

- Why are we going this way'?

- I said be patient.

Slop, here!

Slop, slop.

Come with me.

Do you know why I brought you here?

No, why?

I go home this way a lot,

by this tree.

- It's beautiful, isn't it?

- Yes, really beautiful.

Believe it or not...

...I talk to this tree,

and it talks back!

I sit beside it for hours and write.

We wrote 'The Rhino' together.

It was my inspiration.

You don'! believe me?

Not really.

Come, I want to show you

my secret library.

What do you want from the soil?

Haven't they set you free?

They opened the ground,

and covered your signs

They have announced you dead

Whether you're dead or alive

No one knows

Sew your lips

Carry the walls on your shoulders

And leave

May your mother rest in peace.

When she passed away...

...your whole family left.

Your father is the

only one who stayed.

Mina also left for Istanbul

at the same time.

I don'! have any news of her.

We don'! know if she could

go to Europe or not.

Mr. Sahel, when you arrive to

Istanbul, someone will pick you up.

Dada promised to find Mina for you.





- And your fucking last name?

- Falzan.

Other than these ridiculous poems,

what else have you written?

ISTANBUL Winter 2010

Come inside, come in.

Sahel, brother.

There's actually someone else

staying here...

...but they're never around.

Don'! worry.

This is your bed.

It's clean and comfortable.

There's a TV for you, a mobile phone.

Anything you need,

you just let me know.

I'm taking you to Karim's office in

Aksaray. Dada's waiting for us there.

Dada is the king of Istanbul.

Brother, what are you thinking about?

You aren't smiling.

Smile, laugh.

You're in Istanbul, brother!

Istanbul is nice!

The girls are beautiful.

But Iranian girls are more beautiful.

Hey, what do you think you're doing?

There's a line here!


Before you arrived from Iran...

we worked on your case

for over two months.

There are more than

All of them have been investigated.

No other organization can do what we do

...as fast as we do it.

Something important happened.

Yesterday, we found your wife's address.

This is good news.

But there is a problem.

Your wife has a file here.

In theory, no Iranians

should have a file here...

...unless someone is looking

for them and came to us.

In this case, someone

opened a file on her.

Six years ago, someone

was looking for your wife.

- Who?

- Akbar Rezai.

- Who?

- Akbar Rezai.

Do you know him?


It doesn't matter.

You were in prison for 30 years.

Maybe she got remarried.

Don'! worry.

I'm going to give you Mina's address.

In a few days, I'll get you

Akbar's address too.



Bring me Mina's file.

Good morning, our car broke down.

Can you help us?

The place we are going is nearby.

We have a really important meeting.




F*ck you! The car broke down!

It doesn't work, I'm telling you!

Don'! tell me not to scream!

How many times do I have to tell you,

unzip your jacket!

Can you feel how the

leeches are sucking out

the dilly blood of your



Where are you?

I'm coming! Why are you shouting?

Do you recognize this guy'?

It's Akbar Rezai.

Take a good look.


Family'? Relatives?

Maybe from work?

From prison?

I mention prison because

my guys say that...

...he was in the Iranian

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Bahman Ghobadi

Bahman Ghobadi (Persian: بهمن قبادی‎; Kurdish: به‌همه‌ن قوبادی / Behmen Qubadî) is an Iranian Kurdish film director, producer and writer. He was born on February 1, 1969 in Baneh, Kurdistan province. Ghobadi belongs to the "new wave" of Iranian cinema. more…

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