Critical Zone

Mantagheye Bohrani

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Set against the backdrop of Tehran, where drugs seem like the only antidote to systemic oppression, Amir becomes a self-appointed healer-prophet. Tirelessly, he distributes substances to the diverse nocturnal spirits of the city, guided and guarded by the soothing, female voice of his GPS. “The creation of this film was a revolution, and its screening marks an even greater victory,” explains the director. Despite the ban on filmmaking and his flee from the country, he crafted a guerrilla universe that is fascinating and above all, unexpected within the context of Iran's significant cinematic tradition. This remarkable achievement earned the film the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival. An unrestrained road movie, shot without professional actors, employing a perpetually hidden camera, and spiced up with thriller elements, serves as a poignant reminder that even in the most barren landscapes, flowers can unexpectedly bloom. Sometimes, even hallucinogenic ones.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Ali Ahmadzadeh
Script: Ali Ahmadzadeh
Cinematography: Abbas Rahimi
Editing: Ali Ahmadzadeh, Ashkan Mehri
Sound: Parsa Asheghan
Music: Milad Movahedi
Actors: Amir Pousti, Shirin Abedinirad, Alireza Keymanesh, Maryam Sadeghiyan, Saghar Saharkhiz, Mina Hasanlou, Saba Baghieri, Alireza Rastjou, Maman Pari, Mr. Fred
Production: Counter Ιntuitive film
Producers: Sina Ataeian Dena, Ali Ahmadzadeh
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Iran, Germany
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 99'
Contact: Luxbox
Awards/Distinctions: Golden Leopard – Locarno IFF 2023

Ali Ahmadzadeh

Ali Ahmadzadeh is a writer, director, and producer of three successful feature films that convey a fatal portrait of an oppressed Iranian young generation. He was born in Tehran in 1986. Despite being qualified in architecture, his interest in music led him to graduate from the Neinava Music University. Later he graduated in film directing from the Young Cinema Society. His films are banned by the Iranian authorities.


2008 Avantage (short)
2013 Kami's Party
2015 Atomic Heart
2017 Phenomenon
2023 Critical Zone