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Bab'Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)

Bab'Aziz (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 May 2006 (Hungary)
The story of a blind dervish Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years.

Director:

Nacer Khemir

Writers:

Tonino Guerra (collaboration), Nacer Khemir
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parviz Shahinkhou Parviz Shahinkhou ... Bab'Aziz
Maryam Hamid Maryam Hamid ... Ishtar
Golshifteh Farahani ... Nour
Mohamed Grayaâ Mohamed Grayaâ ... Osman
Hossein Panahi Hossein Panahi ... Red Dervish
Nessim Khaloul Nessim Khaloul ... Zaid
Hessam Hassanipour Hessam Hassanipour ... Hassan
Hamed Hassanipour Hamed Hassanipour ... Hossein
Morteza Zare Morteza Zare ... Ramadan
Mohsen Ghazi Moradi Mohsen Ghazi Moradi ... Intendant
Ali Asghar Nejat Ali Asghar Nejat ... The Horse Rider
Kaveh Khodashenas Kaveh Khodashenas ... Prince
Jahan Souz Fouladi Jahan Souz Fouladi ... Old Prince Dervish
Abdelmajid Lakhal Abdelmajid Lakhal ... Old Calligrapher / Calligrapher
Razi Amiri Razi Amiri ... The Smuggler
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Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own--including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. A fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Quotes

Red dervish: Sweep with your soul, before your beloved's door. Only then will you become her lover.
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Connections

Follows The Dove's Lost Necklace (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Ayan Gorundi
by Armand Amar
© 2013 Quad
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This movie is about spirituality in the broadest sense of the word
11 May 2006 | by mmlillSee all my reviews

This tantalizing story concentrates on - and does it from the very different perspectives - being on the way, searching for the deepest meaning, passionately yearning to reach the goal which is at the same time universal and in every case slightly different: love, truth, spirituality - however You call it. And like so often in our lives we end up finding that the search itself has been this what we actually have been looking for. Don't let the surroundings confuse You, however magnificent they are. Those who take this movie as a kind of version of 1000 and one night completely miss the point; also because the old dervish mystical tradition is far from - and quite often even in conflict with - the convictions which are shared in the mainstream Arabian culture. For me it was a universal story about deepest passions which have been moving and still move the souls of humanity. I saw this movie in last November, but it's still haunting me


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Official Sites:

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Language:

Persian | Arabic

Release Date:

11 May 2006 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Bab'Aziz: Le Prince Qui Contemplait Son Âme See more »

Filming Locations:

Iran See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,286, 10 February 2008

Gross USA:

$89,672

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$353,119
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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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