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"GRADUALLY ..." (Be Ahestegi ...)

Director: Maziar Miri
Scriptwriter: Parviz Shahbazi
Director of photography: Hassan Karimi
Sound Mix & Design: Hossein Mahdavi
Sound Recorder: Mojtaba Mortazavi
Editor: Maziar Miri
Music: Mohammad-Reza Darvishi
Art Director: Shahrokh Foroutanian
Cast: Mohammad-Reza Foroutan, Niloofar Khoshkholgh, Hassan Poorshirazi, Maryam Boobani
Production Manager: Jahangir Kosari, Maziar Miri
Producer: Jahangir Kosari
,Color, 74 min, 35 mm , 2005

Mahmoud who works in the Railroad Company outside Tehran learns of the disappearance of his wife who has a record of mental illness. He comes back to Tehran to look for her. Neighbors start to make his life impossible with their gossip.

This film is the story of the struggle of the Iranian young generation with the taboos of their society.


Posted: Thurs., Feb. 2, 2006, 1:42pm PT

Gradually ...
Produced by Jahangir Kosari. (International sales: Sheherazade Media International, Teheran.)
Directed, edited by Maziar Miri. Screenplay, Parviz Shahbazi.

Mahmoud - Mohammad-Reza Foroutan
Pari - Niloofar Khoshkholgh
Firooz - Hassan Poorshiraz
Haj Khanoon - Maryam Boobani
Professor Afzali - Shahrokh Frootanian


Unveiled in a re-edited version at the Fajr festival, where it was a surprise winner in the international competition, "Gradually... " explores the psychological journey of an uneducated young man pressured by society to ostracize his mentally ill wife when she goes off roaming without his permission. Like helmer Maziar Miri's first entry "Unfinished Song," which questioned the ban on women singers in Iran, the idea is on target and subtly handled. Though a subplot still needlessly complicates the ending, this cut has the merit of being comprehensible and involving. Festivals will be its main stomping grounds.
Mahmoud (Mohammad-Reza Foroutan, who won the actor award at Fajr) is a railway welder who genuinely loves his wife, Pari (Niloofar Khoshkholgh). When informed she's been missing from their home for more than a week, he leaves his distant job to search for her. She has left their small daughter with her parents and vanished with the downpayment on their home. Miri paints a bleak picture of uncaring, malicious relatives and neighbors ready to jump to the worst conclusions. Since a runaway wife is a terrible humiliation, Mahmoud is stricken --and relieved to identify a faceless corpse in the morgue as Pari. Up to this point the film works perfectly.
In film's second half, events take an unexpected turn, and begin to escape Miri's narrative control. A parallel tale about some kids who discover a tape recording, apparently added to create mystery about the woman's disappearance, looks cheap and thrown-together; it also throws an irritating red herring into a plot that needed to be linear.
Foroutan delivers a beautifully interiorized performance as the husband pulled in the wrong direction by social prejudice against his heart, yet who gradually grows into a man. Though a little over-idealized, Khoshkholgh draws sympathy as his young wife. Maryam Boobani handles a nice supporting role as their nosy landlady Haj Khanoon.
One wishes Miri's editing could have gone farther in eliminating the dross to this story, which begins to accumulate alarmingly toward the end of the film. It is still unclear how some of these late scenes fit into the story. Mohammad-Reza Darvishi's score adds some delicate moments of musical commentary.
To read Variety's review of the 2005 Cannes version click here


Born in 1972 in Tehran, Maziar Miri is a graduate of editing from IRIB’s College in 1996. He Started His film career as an editor in Iranian TV channels and edited a number of TV series as well as documentaries... He made a 3-part documentary on "Iranian Nature" from 1997-1999 and his first experience in fiction cinema is "Robin Hood" (1996). He co-directed a TV series, "Rezayate Family" in 1997 and then directed "This Film Is Not Important", a short fiction on Iranian classic music which is still in post-production. "Unfinished Song"; his first feature was awarded and well received in International level. "Gradually…" is his second feature film.


  • Robin Hood
  • Rezayat Family
  • Iranian Nature
  • Unfinished Song
  • Red Migrate
  • Gradually…
  • The Reward of Silence
  • Book of Law
  • Short Fiction
  • Series
  • documentary
  • Feature
  • Series
  • Feature
  • Feature
  • Feature
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1997
  • 2001
  • 2001
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2009

  • Fajr Int'l Film Festival (20 – 30 Jan 2006/ Iran)
    Winner of the Best Feature Film and Best Actor
  • Berlin Int'l Film Festival (9 – 19 Feb 2006/ Germany)
  • Fribourg Int’l Film Festival (12 – 19 Mar 2006/ Switzerland)
    Winner of the Grand Prize and FIPRESCI Jury Award
  • Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival (4 – 19 April 2006/ Hong Kong)
  • Taipei Int’l Film Festival (24 June – 9 July 2006/ Taiwan)
  • Seattle Int’l Film Festival (18 May – 12 June 2006/ USA)
  • Los Angeles Int’l Film Festival (18 – 28 June 2006/ USA)
  • Monterrey Int’l Film Festival (12 – 19 August 2006/ Mexico)
  • World of Cinema Montreal Int’l Film Festival(24 August – 4 September 2006/ Canada)
  • Umea Int’l Film Festival (14 – 20 Sep 2006/ Sweden)
  • Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival (21 September – 5 October 2006/ Brazil)
  • Raindance Int’l Film Festival (27 Sep – 8 Oct 2006/ UK)
  • Oslo Film from the South (5 – 15 Oct 2006/ Norway)
  • Gene Siskel Film School in Chicago (7 October – 5 November 2006/ USA)
  • Viennale Int’l Film Festival (13 – 25 Oct 2006/Austria)
  • Sao Paolo Int’l Film Festival (20 October – 2 November 2006/ Brazil)
  • Denver Int’l Film Society (9 – 19 November 2006/ USA)
  • Lubljana Int’l Film Festival (10 – 24 Nov 2006/ Slovenia)
  • Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (10 November – 3 December 2006/ USA)
  • Alekino Int’l Film Festival (17 – 26 Nov 2006/ Poland)
  • Exground Film fest (17 – 26 Nov 2006/ Germany)
  • Gijon Int’l Film Festival (23 Nov – 1 Dec 2006/ Spain) Winner of the best Director
  • Auteur Int’l Film Festival in Belgrade(28 Nov – 3rd Dec 2006/ Serbia & Montenegro)
  • Marakesh Int’l Film Festival (1 – 10 December 2006/ Marakesh)
  • New York Film Festival (Film Society of Lincoln Center)(21 March – 1 April 2007/NY/USA)
  • Syracuse Int'l Film Festival (19 – 22 April 2007 / USA)
  • Silk Screen Film Festival (11 – 20 May 2007/ USA)
  • Third Eye Asia Film Festival (1 – 8 Nov 2007/ India)
  • Amal Film Festival (22 – 31 Oct 2007/ Spain)
  • Iranian Film Festival in Netherlands (16 – 20 Oct. 2008/ Netherlands)
  • International Film Festival of India (22 Nov - 2 Dec 2008/ India)
  • Festival du Film Amazigh (11 – 15 Jan 2009/ Algeria)
  • Montpellier Danse Film Festival (22 June – 7 July 2012 / France)

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