The Hunter (Shekarchi)

Recently released from prison, Ali makes the most of his return, amidst much talk of the upcoming elections and promises of change. Despite working nights, he tries to spend the most time possible with his beautiful wife and young daughter. To escape the stress of urban living, Ali retreats to his favourite pastime of hunting in the secluded forest north of town. Tragedy strikes and Ali’s wife Sara is accidentally killed in a police shoot-out with demonstrators. Ali’s own search for his missing sixyear-old daughter ends in horror and pushes him over the edge. Ali randomly shoots and kills two policemen. After a high-speed car chase outside of town, Ali flees into the northern forest where he is captured by two police officers. Ali is resigned to his fate and watches quietly as the arguing policemen lose their way in the woods. Situations complicate and the line between hunter and hunted becomes difficult to define …

World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2010, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2010
Melbourne International Film Festival 2010
Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Viennale 2010
Tokyo Filmex 2010
Torino International Film Festival 2010

Iran, 2010
Director: Rafi Pitts
Producers: AFTAB Negaran Film Production Institute (Iran), Twenty Twenty Vision (Germany)
German WCF partner: Twenty Twenty Vision
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2007
Funding amount: 50.000 €