Gabbeh (1996)
Gabbeh (1996)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Iran, France | 1996 | G


Wed 3 Jul 2024

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Originally intended as a documentary about a near-extinct tribe of nomads living on the steppes of south-eastern Iran, Makhmalbaf’s gorgeously designed and widely celebrated production evolved into a fictional love story extrapolated from the director’s appreciation of the tribe’s Gabbehs – traditional carpets that act as both artistic expression and biographical record. For Makhmalbaf, the tranquil experience of viewing the carpets’ bold colours and tapestries is like the experience of viewing the film itself: “Gabbehs are like good Iranian films, [in] their simplicity and their re-creation of nature.”

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Courtesy: mk2
Runtime: 75 mins

Event duration

75 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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