Directed by Jafar Panahi • 2003 • Iran
Starring Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji
Two master filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi, teamed up as writer and director, respectively, for this singular crime thriller, which blends truth and fiction into a gripping look at class conflict in Iran. Based on an actual botched robbery attempt at a Tehran jewelry store, CRIMSON GOLD follows Hussein (Hossain Emadeddin, a real-life pizza delivery worker with paranoid schizophrenia), a wounded war veteran delivering pizzas by night. After a humiliating encounter with a jewelry-shop owner who won’t allow him in his store and, later, a brush with a wealthy man who gives him a taste of luxury, Hussein comes to feel that he can no longer accept his lowly status and takes matters into his own hands.