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NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK!


Two master filmmakers, Abba Kiarostami (A TASTE OF CHERRY) and Jafar Panahi (THE CIRCLE, TAXI) team up as writer and director, respectively, on CRIMSON GOLD, a subtle tragedy on class conflict in modern Iran. Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin, a real-life pizza delivery man who has schizophrenia) is a lumbering war veteran swollen by cortisone (for war-induced pain) and reduced to delivering pizzas at night. Through his nightly rounds, he bears witness to the rewards and vanities of the city’s wealthy. He is humiliated when a jewelry shop owner won’t allow him in his store, and under pressure to get married, Hussein awkwardly aspires to higher ground. When an eccentric socialite gives him a taste of luxury, Hussein can no longer accept his lowly status. Kiarostami based the story on an actual newspaper account of a botched robbery attempt at a Tehranian jewelry store by a desperate pizza deliveryman.

Winner of the 2003 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.

  • Year
    2003
  • Runtime
    95 mins
  • Language
    Persian
  • Country
    Iran
  • Director
    Jafar Panahi
  • Screenwriter
    Abbas Kiarostami
  • Producer
    Jafar Panahi
  • Cast
    Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji, Shahram Vaziri