Chapour Haghighat

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Chapour Haghighat

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Born December 17, 1957

My Story

Chapour Haghighat is a french and iranian writter and film director. After publishing several novels and drama shows, he made in 2003 his first documentary, “Brésil, à la rencontre des sans-terres”. This documentary evoques the poverty and oppression in the brasilian countrysides. In 2005, he produces his first feature-length fiction, “The nightly song of the travellers”, with the support of Hubert Bals Fund (International Film Festival of Rotterdam). It is an adaptation of his novel “Le chant nocturne des voyageurs”, published in Paris in 1995. This movie is about the wandering, exile and the quest of an identity, mixing reality and fantastic. The nightly song of the travellers was successfully presented at several international film festivals.

His second feature-lenght fictionm The fim land, was realized in 2007, again with the support of Hubert Bals Fund (Netherlands), et the Fond Sud Cinéma (France). It had a similar success to the first feature-lenght.

His Third film, the Silence, is made in France in 2017. It relates the determination and despair of an immigrant 8-year-old boy, who attempts to save the life of a man in agony and tries in vain to communicate with others.

Three little dream is his fourth feature film. Shut in Tadjikistan, this film is granted by Global Film Initiative in USA. Three young Boys work in a bakery, share three variations of the same dream forecasting a local murder.

Director Statement
I wrote this screenplay THREE LITLE DREAMS, about the social life in Iran. Three children tell each other their dreams and these dreams intermingle with the events that take place during the day.

For a long time I have intended to make a film depicting the world of children in an oppressive society and how they can be traumatized by it. The characters I want to present are ordinary people, living in a small town, far from the capital and the central power. Nevertheless, they are affected by the theocratic policy trying to enforce a moral order governing every details of people’s private life.

I am also evoking the problem of justice in this country, how it is totally left to the arbitrary supervision of the religious authorities, who don’t recognise any written laws.
This sreenplay was first garanted by Global film initiative in US but this society is now out of working.

The story is simple, the dialogues are short. I also wanted to film
images with a stripped-down and concise style, in order to convey more emotion. Most
scenes are sequenced shots and emotions are expressed more by the silence
only that by words.

The work of the sound is important, it reflects a whole atmosphere off the field that I wanted to include in the fiction.

As my previous work I am also committed to include, during the course of
narrative, documentary passages that draw the story, in my opinion, to a kind
of neo-realistic cinematographic expression, while nuancing the part of filmic reality.
This film also has a part of dream and fantasy. Indeed I like to privilege this mixture of genres that gives history a poetic frame.

I'm used to working mainly with non-professional actors, who most of the time, with their way of expression and their awkwardness offers a more real to the story and away from a too theatrical artifice. The simplicity of these non actors professionals touch me and adds to the simplicity and minimalism of my film.

My Filmography

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My Award

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