Gabbeh (film)

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Gabbeh film poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Gabbeh
Directed byMohsen Makhmalbaf
Produced byKhalil Daroudchi
Written byMohsen Makhmalbaf
StarringShaghayeh Djodat
Music byHossein Alizadeh
CinematographyMahmoud Kalari
Edited byMohsen Makhmalbaf
Release date
  • 26 June 1996 (1996-06-26)
Running time
72 minutes[1]
CountryIran, France[2]

Gabbeh (Persian: گبه) is a 1996 Iranian film directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.[2] The film was selected as the Iranian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[3][4]

The film gets its name from a type of Persian rug and starts by showing an elderly couple, carrying their gabbeh, walking toward the river hoping to wash their rug. When the rug is spread on the ground, a girl, referred to as Gabbeh, magically comes out of it. The film follows her story and audience learn about her family, her uncle who is hoping to find a bride, and most importantly her longing for a young man she hopes to marry.

The picture was banned in Iran for being "subversive". [5]



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  1. ^ a b "Makhmalbaf Film House: Gabbeh". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  2. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Gabbeh". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  3. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  4. ^ "44 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 24 November 1997. Archived from the original on 13 February 1998. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  5. ^ Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts, p.439

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