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The Tear of The Cold (Ashk-e Sarmaa)

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The feature ia anti-war work by Azizollah Hamidnezhad which happen in Kurdestan region during the Iran-Iraq war.
“The Tear of the Cold” is the story of a soldier expert at defusing mines and a Kurdish shepherdess, apparently just grazing her flock in the war zone, but deep inside full of hatred with army forces. In the chilly border zone of Kurdistan, where the soldier keeps defusing mines, and the girl keeps helping guerrillas laying mines, who can ever imagine the day that they trust, or even die for each other?

The Tear of The Cold 
The Title: Ashk-e Sarmaa

Cast & Crew

Writer & Director: Azizollah Hamidnezhad
Director of photography: Ali Loqmani & Mohammad Davoodi
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari
Music: Saeed Ansari
Sound: Farzam Manteqi
Cast: Parsa Piroozfar, Golshifteh Farahani, Ali Ruintan, N. Gudarzi
Producer: Amir Hossein Sharifi
Production: Afagh Film Cinematic Institute & Cima Film Center


35mm, 96mins, 2004, Color



“The Tear Of The Cold” is my fourth film. The first one, “Hoor on Fire”, was made in a lagoon in impossible conditions. Now, after twelve years, it’s the time for “The Tear Of The Cold”, coming from my experiences and cultural efforts during the years of war. Work in an un-organized environment out of studio seemed to be more impossible than “Hoor On Fire”. It took six years to convince the producers and in charge people to do the project, noting its unusual concept and performance. Working in the brutal winter on snowy mountains of Kurdistan and creation of intolerable squalls was a brand new experience, thanks to the endeavors of Special Effects experts.

This film goes to the hidden angles of a domestic war, where love of a Kurdish shepherdess is in confrontation. The root of love and kindness among human beings could have been in danger if the war continued, but love is the victor, and even the tragic one invites the world to the peace.


Azizollah Hamidnezhad, born in Garmsar in 1959, has made many documentary and feature films as follow:


LIFE IN HIGHLANDS (1986, 16mm)



HOOR ON FIRE (1991-92)





1- Montreal Film Festival (Cinema of Asia) Canada/ Aug26-Sep6, 2004
2- Fukuoka Int’l Film Festival, Japan/ Sep10-20, 2004
3- Pusan Int'l Film Festival, A Window on Asian Cinema, South Korea/
Oct 7-15, 2004
4- Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago USA/ October2-31, 2004
5- London Kurdish F.F. England/ October 22- November 4, 2004
6- Fort Lauderdale Int’l F.F, Florida, USA/October 28-November 13, 2004
7- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston USA/ November 2004
8-Dubai Int’l Film Festival, UAE/ December 6-11, 2004
9- Goteborg Film Festival, Sweden/ 27 Jan. – 8 Feb. 2005
10- Verona Film Festival, Italy/ April 15-24, 2005
11- Cinefan, Asian Film Festival, India/ 14- 24 July, 2005
(Winner of FIPRESCI Prize, Winner of the Best Actor Prize for Parsa Piroozfar)
12- High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA/ August 2005
13- Alexandria Int’l Film Festival, Egypt/ Sep 8-22, 2005
14-"Listapad" Minsk Int'l Film Festival, Belarus/ 18-25 Nov. 2005
15- Golden Minbar Film Festival, Russia/ 10-17 Sep. 2006
(Winner of three prizes: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress)
16- 4thMountain Film Festival, Germany/ 18-22 October 2006
(Winner of the Grand prize as the Best Feature Film)
17- 5th Asian Film Festival "Third Eye", India/ Oct. 12-19 2006
18- 15th Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers, China/ Oct. 24-28 2006

(Winner of the Best Actor Award for Parsa Pirouzfar)



Additional Info

  • Genre: War
  • Duration: 35mm, 96mins, 2004, Color
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