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The Hunter

The Hunter

by Rafi Pitts

In an act of vengeance, Ali a nightwatcher in Tehran, randomly kills two police officers on a highway. He becomes a fugitive and flees towards the northern forest, where he gets caught. In the remoteness of the woods, the boundaries between the hunter and the hunted begin to blur.

Germany / Iran 2010, 88 min.

Recently released from prison, Ali makes the most of his return, amidst much talk of the upcoming elections and promises of change. Despite working nights, he tries to spend the most time possible with his beautiful wife and young daughter. To escape the stress of urban living, Ali retreats to his favorite pastime of hunting in the secluded forest north of town. Tragedy strikes and Ali’s wife Sara is accidentally killed in a police shoot-out with demonstrators. After a long and frustrating experience at the police station, Ali’s own search for his missing six-year-old daughter ends in horror and pushes him over the edge. In broad daylight, overlooking the busy city’s surrounding highways, Ali randomly shoots and kills two policemen. After a high-speed car chase outside of town, Ali flees into the northern forest where he is captured by two police officers. Ali is resigned to his fate and watches quietly as the arguing policemen lose their way in the woods. Situations complicate and the line between hunter and hunted becomes difficult to define…

Actor / Actress
Rafi Pitts Ali Alavi
Mitra Hajjar Ali´s Wife
Ali Nicksaulat Policeman
Hassan Ghalenoi Policeman
Manoochehr Rahimi Inspector
Ismail Amini Young Man in Warehouse
Nasser Madahi Old Night Guard
Ali Mazinani Youngh Night Guard
Ossta Shah-Tir Ali´s Father
Malak Khazai Ali´s Mother
Saba Yaghoobi Ali´s Daughter
Director Rafi Pitts
Script Rafi Pitts
Producer Thanassis Karathanos
Mohammad Reza Takhtkeshian
supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
World Cinema Fund
FFA – German Federal Film Board
in co-production with ZDF
in co-operation with ARTE
Distributor Neue Visionen
World Sales The Match Factory
Director of Photography Mohammad Davudi
Editor Hassan Hassandoost
Sound Design Noemi Hampel
Re-recording Mixing Lars Ginzel
Art Direction Malak Khazai

International Premiere:

16.02.2010, 60th Berlin International Film Festival

Festivals (selection):

Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2010

Cannes Film Festival, 2010

Melbourne International Film Festival, 2010

Toronto International Film Festival, 2010

Reykjavik International Film Festival, 2010

Vienna International Film Festival, 2010

São Paulo International Film Festival, 2010

Tokyo FILMeX, 2010

Turin Film Festival, 2010

Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2010

Seattle International Film Festival, 2011

International  Istanbul  Film Festival, 2011