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Frosty Roads

In winter a young guy, Esmaeil is forced to go to the city to get medicine for his sick father. The country school teacher and another youngster Rahman accompany him in his journey.

  • Persian (Farsi)
Production Year
Film Type
Production Countries
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
Ali Nasirian, Majid Nasiri, Hamid Jebeli, Esmail Mohammadi
Production Company
Farabi Cinema Foundation

Crew List

Masoud Jafari Jozani
Siamak Taghipour
DOP / Camera
Turaj Mansuri, Mahmoud Kalari
Davoud Yousefian
Kambiz Roshanravan
Mohsen Roshan
FCF Farabi

Festivals / Awards

1986: Fajr International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, Tehran
1987: Berlin International Film Festival, Selected in Panorama Section, Germany
1988: 12th Hong Kong International Film Festival
1993: Iranian Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Masoud Jafari Jozani
Masoud Jafari Jozani


Film Critic

Beginning of a Drastic Change

Ahmad Talebinejad
Ahmad Talebinejad

“Frosty Roads” is the product of a certain intellectual and cultural taste that the Founder of the Islamic Revolution presented to the cinematic and artistic directors and officials. During a speech he mentioned “The Cow”(1969) by Dariush Mehrjui as a favorable movie for the regime and therefore a pattern was conceived for Iranian cinema after revolution. Movies with a focus on the deprived and poor, particularly the villagers  became a model for the new officials working in cinema especially those in Farabi Cinema Foundation, such as Seyed Mohammad Beheshti. In a couple of years, Farabi produced a few films which had a lot in common in terms of theme and tone with The Cow, including “Frosty Roads”(1985), “ The Mare”(1986), “Days of Waiting” (1987) and “The Monster” (Wailing of the Devil, 1985). From this point on,  Iranian social cinema moved out of the cities into villages. Among movies that were made based on this point of view, The Mare and Frosty Roads were more successful. Frosty Roads is about the torment and suffering of villagers in Lorestan and their desperate sense of survival. The teacher plays different roles in this community, alongside teaching, he acts as a doctor, an advisor and tries to unite them against cruelty and tyranny. This character became an stereotype and was seen time after time in a lot of movies. The accuracy of Lori accent is one of the things that makes watching The Frosty Roads enjoyable.

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