Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine


Time Out says

This semi-autobiographical examination of mortality, political pressure and social ritual offers further evidence if Iranian cinema's refelxivity. Writer/director Farmanara takes the lead as a hangdog depressive director banned from shooting for two decades. Deciding to film his own funeral - his heart's not too reliable - he soon gets caught in a web of fiction/reality narratives involving assassinated intellectuals, dead babies on car seats and talking birds. Some striking images of isolation and abandonment, a clear love of nature and an elegiac sense of lost time all help. It's drily humorous too - Nanni Moretti-style - and clearly sincere, but the three-act structure sometimes drags and the tone is uneven.


Release details

93 mins

Cast and crew

Bahman Farmanara
Bahman Farmanara
Mahtaj Nojoomi
Roya Nonahali
Valiyallah Shirandami
Reza Kianian
Parivash Nazarieh
Bahman Farmanara
Hossein Kasbian