Original name: Shahre Khamoush
English name: The Wastetown
Run time: 98 Min
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Director: Ahmad Bahrami
Producers: Reza Mohaghegh
Cast: Baran Kowsari, Ali Bagheri, Babak Karimi, Behzad Dorani
Screenplay: Ahmad Bahrami
Cinematographer: Masoud Amini Tirani
Editor: Mostafa Vaziri
Sound Designer: Hasan Mahdavi
Music Composer: Foad Ghahremani
World Sales: Persia Film Distribution
Born on 22 December 1972 in Shahryar – Iran, Ahmad Bahrami holds BA in Cinema (Directing) from Soureh University. He has made few short films before directing long-length films. He has also written, directed and produced some documentaries and tele-movies for Iranian television. His second film The Wasteland won many awards in international film festivals including Orizzonti Best Film Award at the 77th Venice IFF in 2020. The WasteTown is the third feature film he has written and directed.
Bemani has spent ten years in jail for killing her husband. Her child was taken away in prison and allegedly given to her husband’s family. Temporarily released, she immediately starts looking for her son. Bemani goes to the car demolition workshop where Ebi, her brother-in-law, works, but he claims not to know anything about the boy’s fate. She finds out, however, that it was Ebi who sold the child to a rich family. Bemani tries to extract more information from the workers of the demolition shop, but they demand an indecent favour in return for the information. As a desperate mother, she is prepared to go to the extremes, but not in the way the men are hoping for.