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Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Bicycleran (The Cyclist)

Edition 1992
82' - 1989 - Drama - Dialogue: Persian
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf Composer: Madjid Entezami With: Mahshid Afsharzadeh, Firouz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf
The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim's strength. Aided by his son, who feeds him as he rides, Nasim grinds out the days and shivering nights. Local officials believe this may be a plot and Nasim may be a spy; they try to sabotage him as do those who bet he won't finish the week. Will desperation alone get Nasim the money? Is any triumph an illusion?

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf


Madjid Entezami


Mahshid Afsharzadeh, Firouz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf


Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Director of Photography

Ali Reza Zarrindast


Mohsen Makhmalbaf


Alee Payam Mohammadreza

Production studios

Seyyed Jamaleddin Hosseini Cultural Foundation, Institute for the Cinematographic Affairs of Janbazan Foundation

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