The Scout

  • Feature
  • 1988
  • 80 Minutes
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language: Persian (Farsi)

In Iran-Iraq war, a young scout joins the front-line to help his comrades single-handed.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia

Screenwriter: Ebrahim Hatamikia

Production Company: Farabi Cinema Foundation

Premier Status: World Premiere (Restored Version)


Film Critic

An Underappreciated film in Hatamikia’s Cinema

Ahmad Talebinejad

Ahmad Talebinejad

“The Scout”, first Iran-Iraq war movie in Ebrahim Hatamikia’s career, after his somewhat political film, “Identity”, is about a group of soldiers who are surrounded by the enemy in the field. His achievements in filming this challenging situation, later became an inspiration for other war filmmakers, such as Molagholipour in “Flying at Night”. What makes The Scout a significant movie is its simple yet innovative form. In a few scenes when the forces are advancing toward enemy line, the sound of their boots has a reflection that makes the illusion of a battalion going forward not a handful of soldiers. Also showing an insert of boots contributes to the feeling of support and protection on their side. Although it shows some indications of inexperience directing, but in Hatamikia’s cinema with lots of ups and downs, is a great yet underappreciated film.


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Awards

1988: Fajr International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, Iran


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Ebrahim Hatamikia

DOP / Camera: Mohsen Zolanvar

Editor: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Music: Seyed Mohammad Mirzamani

Producer: Farabi Cinema Foundation

Cast: Mehrdad Solaymani, Gholamreza Ali Akbari, Esmail Soltanian


Director

Ebrahim Hatamikia

Ebrahim Hatamikia, born in 1961, graduated in screenwriting from Faculty of Cinema and Theatre, Art University. He started working as cinematographer in Revayat-e Fath. He has directed a number of inspiring and important movies over the course of his career, such as Minoo Tower (1996), The Glass Agency (1998) and Low Heights (2002).

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