Synopsis by Mark Deming
Writer and director Behrooz Afkhami delivers an idiosyncratic adaptation of Jafar Modaress Sadeghi's novel in this film, which dispenses with dialogue and uses Sadeghi's text as a narration. A young man with a desire to become a writer moves to Tehran, where he shares a flat with two friends as he begins work on a novel. As he draws upon his memories of the village of Isfahan and the Zayandehrood River, his fictional world begins to replicate that of his past, while his present day becomes increasingly chaotic after he impulsively stumbles into a relationship with a woman he doesn't love. Gavkhooni was screened as part of the Directors Fortnight series at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.