Nacer Kemir, Tunisia/Hungary, 98 min, in Arabic & Farsi with English subtitles
A visual story of incomparable beauty begins with a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, who wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every 30 years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab’Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. “A staggeringly beautiful movie filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran”.