THE NAMES OF THE FLOWERS
THE NAMES OF THE FLOWERS

THE NAMES OF THE FLOWERS

Director Bahman Tavoosi

Production year 2019

Length 79min.

Country Bolivia/Canada/USA/Qatar

SYNOPSIS

As Bolivia stages the 50th anniversary of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's death, Julia, an old countryside teacher, is invited to share her historical story with the world: Giving a bowl of soup to the captured guerrilla in her classroom, while he recited a poem about flowers to her a few hours before his death. The invitation is withdrawn soon after, as other women step forward, claiming the story of "the soup and the flower" as their own.

Awards

Special Jury Award – Best First Feature, Best Cinematography | Tallinn Black Nights IFF, Estonia, 2019

CAST & CREW

Bahman Tavoosi
Bahman Tavoosi

Director

Producer(s)

Aonan Yang, Andreas Mendritzky

Script

Bahman Tavoosi

Director of Photography

Nicolas Taborga

Production designer

Rodrigo Alvarez

Music by

Eric LeMieux, André Moisan, Jean-Fabien Schneider, Thomas Leslie, Pierre Messier

Sound

Matt Sherman, Luis Villa Gomez

Edit

Lucas Villegas, Bahman Tavoosi

Cast

Jose Duran, Barbara Flores, Jorge Hidalgo, Nelson Tapia Echalar, Susana Condori

Production company(ies)

Green Ground, La Gacela Ciega, Fire Twins, Nirvana, Peacock Films

Bahman Tavoosi

Bahman Tavoosi began his career as a journalist and filmmaker at the age of 18 in Iran, in the capital city of Tehran. After making a few short films, Tavoosi moved to Canada where he directed the feature documentary Dress Rehearsal for an Execution. The film received nominations and awards from more than 50 film festivals among them Hot Docs. The Names of the Flowers is Tavoosi’s first feature fiction film.


Filmography

Bon voyage (2000, short), Human Documentary (2002, short), The Darkroom (2004, short), The Republic of (A) (2009, short), Ode to Joy (2010, short,), Dress Rehearsal for an Execution (2013, doc.), The Names of the Flowers (2019).