2005, Tunisia-France-Iran, 98’, Color, Arabic
Director: Nacer Khemir
Cast: Parviz Shahinkhou, Maryam Hamid, Golshifteh Farahani, Mohamed Grayaaa,Hossein Panahi, Nessim Khaloul, Hessam Hassanipour,Hamed Hassanipour
2005 Fajr Film Festival Best Film Award
2006 Muscat Film Festival Golden Dagger Best Picture Award
A tale inspired by RUMI…
Bab’Aziz-The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab’Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own – including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. A fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran.