Release date26 June 1996 (1996-06-26) CastShaghayegh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Abbas Sayah, Rogheih Moharami, Parvaneh Ghalandari Similar moviesRelated Mohsen Makhmalbaf movies
Trailer for gabbeh
Gabbeh is a 1996 Iranian film directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Iranian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
The film gets its name from a type of Persian rug and starts by showing an elderly couple, carrying their gabbeh, walking toward the river hoping to wash their rug. When the rug is spread on the ground, a girl, referred to as Gabbeh, magically comes out of it. The film follows her story and audience learn about her family, her uncle who is hoping to find a bride, and most importantly her longing for a young man she hopes to marry.
The picture was banned in Iran for being "subversive".
Scene from gabbeh
Abbas Sayah as Uncle
Shaghayeh Djodat as Gabbeh
Hossein Moharami as Old Man
Rogheih Moharami as Old Woman
Best Director and Special Critics Award, Sitges Film Festival, 1996
Silver Screen Award, Singapore International Film Festival
Best Artistic Contribution Award, Tokyo International Film Festival
One of 10 selected films by critics – Times (USA) 1996.