The Hunter



Year: 2010
Country: Iran, Germany
Length: 90′
Language: Persian
Subtitles: EN, CZ
Premiere: Berlinale

The hunter



Having been released from prison only recently, Ali works around the clock to provide for his family amidst the sensations of the upcoming election and promises of political change. Demonstrations and social unrest seem to do Ali no harm until one tragic day when he is informed that his wife and young daughter had been killed by the police in crossfire between the police and protesters at a political rally.
Horror, anger and rage devour Ali who roams around the city like a walking time bomb, witnessing the city and its citizens on the edge of a political meltdown. It is then that he decides to take the law into his own hands and to punish the Iranian police with all he has left to him: his gun.
Written and directed by one of the most acclaimed voices of Iranian cinema outside the country, The Hunter gets right under your skin, blurring the lines between the hunter and the prey as you wait for its grim, taciturn protagonist to detonate.



Rafi Pitts

Born in 1967 in Iran, Pitts spent his childhood in Tehran, where he lived in a basement flat underneath a post-production studio. During the war between Iran and Iraq in the 80s, he moved to Britain where he received his BA Degree in Film and Photography. In the 90’s, Pitts moved to Paris and worked on films by Leos Carax, Jacques Doillon and Jean-Luc Godard.

Pitts’ debut feature, The Fifth Season, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His second feature film, Sanam, was hailed by French critics and compared to Truffaut’s 400 Blows. In 2003, Pitts presented his controversial feature documentary, Cinéma de notre temps: Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty in the Official Selection of the Locarno Film Festival. It’s Winter premiered in the Berlin Competition, and one year later, the Seattle International Film Festival honoured Pitts with the Emerging Masters Award for his work. In 2010, Pitts’ fifth feature The Hunter was also nominated for the Berlin Golden Bear as well as Best Actor for his performance in the leading role. In 2016, Pitts premiered Soy Nero at the Berlin Film Festival and for the third time running he was nominated for the Golden Bear.