When a young student is asked by his strict teacher to replace a broken classroom window, he embarks on a stunning journey through the heart of a dense windy forest to fulfill his impossible task.

A touching story which confidently combines big-hearted humanism with Hitchcockian tension in a breathtakingly beautiful style, Willow and Wind is one of the masterpieces of Iranian cinema that proves once again that great filmmaking is possible with the simplest of tools.

Director: Mohammad-Ali Talebi

Premiere: Bangkok IFF

Iran, Japan, 2000, 81’, Farsi, EN + CZ subtitles


Sunday 20. 1.     20:00 – Světozor Big Hall (+ Final Ceremony)                BUY TICKET 

Saturday 26. 1.  20:30 – Kino Lumière K2 (Bratislava)  BUY TICKET 



Regarded as one of the leading filmmakers who has contributed substantially and consistently to children’s and youth cinema, Mohammad-Ali Talebi is one of the most significant figures of Iranian cinema.

Having directed some of the great works of Iranian cinema such as Willow and Wind, The Boot and Bag of Rice, he has played an integral role in securing an international recognition for Iranian cinematography in the last two decades. In addition, many of his films have been selected and awarded at numerous international film festivals such as Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago, Sundance, New York, Montreal, Amsterdam, London, Toronto, Tokyo, Zlín and Bangkok.