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Scene fromTHE HUNTER (photo © Maryam Takhtkeshian / Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH)

Recently released from prison, Ali makes the most of his return, amidst much talk of the upcoming elections and promises of change. Despite working nights, he tries to spend the most time possible with his beautiful wife and young daughter. To escape the stress of urban living, Ali retreats to his favorite pastime of hunting in the secluded forest north of town. Tragedy strikes and Ali's wife Sara is accidentally killed in a police shoot-out with demonstrators. After a long and frustrating experience at the police station, Ali's own search for his missing six-year-old daughter ends in horror and pushes him over the edge. In broad daylight, overlooking the busy city's surrounding highways, Ali randomly shoots and kills two policemen. After a high-speed car chase outside of town, Ali flees into the northern forest where he is captured by two police officers. Ali is resigned to his fate and watches quietly as the arguing policemen lose their way in the woods. Situations complicate and the line between hunter and hunted becomes difficult to define...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Rafi Pitts
Screenplay Rafi Pitts
Cinematography Mohammad Davudikhaki
Hassan Hassandoost
Malak Khazai
Cast Sulmaz Amiri, Sarah Kamrani, Mitra Hajiar, Rafi Pitts, Hossein Nikbakht
Producers Thanassis Karathanos, Rafi Pitts, Mohammad Reza Takhteshian
Production Companies Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion/Berlin, Aftab Negaran/Tehran, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Runtime 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2010 (In Competition), Edinburgh 2010, Melbourne 2010, Toronto 2010, Mar del Ploata 2010 (In Competition), Stockholm 2010, Thessaloniki 2010, Istanbul 2011, Haifa 2011, Rio 2011
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, World Cinema Fund
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih

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