Regisseur Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Cast Moharram Zaynalzadeh, Esmail Soltanian, Samira Makhmalbaf

Lengte 95 min

Jaar 1987

Taal Farsi

Ondertiteling English

The Cyclist is the fourth film in October’s Modern Classics programme: TERROR TRANSPORT. For more info, click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE! Our Monday screening will now be at 21:00, instead of the usual 22:00! 

Nasim, an Afghan refugee in Iran, needs money for the treatment of his ailing wife. In a mad gamble, he places a wager against the townfolk that he and his son will pedal a bicycle non-stop for one week.

The wife of Nasim is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim’s strength. Aided by his son, who feeds him as he rides, Nasim grinds out the days and shivering nights. Local officials believe this may be a plot and Nasim may be a spy; they try to sabotage him as do those who bet he won’t finish the week. Will desperation alone get Nasim the money? Is any triumph an illusion?

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