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Mantagheye Bohrani

Critical Zone

Original name: Mantagheye Bohrani
English name: Critical Zone
Year: 2023
Run time: 99 Min
Language: Farsi
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Iran, Germany
Director: Ali Ahmadzadeh
Producers: Ali Ahmadzadeh, Sina Ataeian Dena
Cast: Amir Pousti, Shirin Abedinirad, Maryam Sadeghiyan, Alireza Keymanesh, Saghar Saharkhiz, Mina Hasanlou, Alireza Rastjou, Saba Bagheri, Maman Pari, Mr. Fred
Screenplay: Ali Ahmadzadeh
Cinematographer: Abbas Rahimi
Editor: Ali Ahmadzadeh
Music Composer: Milad Movahedi
Sound Designer: Hasan Mahdavi
Production Company: Counter Intuitive film
World Sales: Luxbox


  • Locarno IFF 2023
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF 2023
  • Thessaloniki IFF 2023
  • Busan IFF 2023
  • Tokyo Filmex 2023
  • IFF Kerala 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2015 Atomic Heart
  • 2013 Kami’s Party

Director's Biography:

Ali Ahmadzadeh

Ali Ahmadzadeh was born in Tehran in 1986. Despite being qualified in architecture, his interest in music led him to graduate from the Neinava Music University. He is also a graduate in Film Directing from Iranian Young Cinema Society. After shooting the short films Pinned (2007), Advantage (2009), Collage (2011) and Zanjan (2012), in 2013 he made his feature film debut with Kami’s Party, which was selected at festivals in Tallinn, London, Florence and San Francisco, among others. In 2015 he directed Atomic Heart, which participated in competitions such as Bafici, Hong Kong, and Zurich. His third feature Critical Zone (2023) won the Golden Leopard at Locarno IFF.


Amir leads a lonely life. With his dog for sole company, he drives through the underworld of Tehran, dealing drugs of all kinds and healing troubled souls like a modern prophet. He navigates the city streets aimlessly, following the directions of his GPS while getting high to escape a town with no future. And yet, in his wandering he will find the seed of resistance.