A Snake's Tail - 2006
Directed by Bijan Daneshmand
Kami, a middle aged Iranian businessman living in London, develops a relationship with a cleric after the death of his father. The cleric or "Agha" adheres to a mystical interpretation of Islam fueled by poetry and the smoking of opium. As the two meet weekly to discuss poetry and consume the drug, it does not take long for Kami to develop an addiction. He finds himself withdrawn from his family, disinterested in his job, and focused solely on his next "fix."
Color, 1 hour 14 minutes, Farsi/English
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|Bijan, Kami, Agha||Bijan Daneshmand|
|Behrouz - Drug Dealer||Omid Gholami|
|Hossein - Kami's Partner||Sleem Hasan|
|Peter - Kami's Partner||Jerry Hoban|
|Angela - Secretary||Angela Dixon|
|David - Businessman||Ismail Ghandour|
|Agha's wife||Shala Daneshmand|
|Ex-wife of Kami||Lian Vahabzadeh|
|Kami's Daughter||Salma Daneshmand|
|Kami's Son||Rahi Daneshmand|
|Teenage Pedestrian||Fabian Clark|
|Reike Master||Simin Nafas|
|Director of Photography||Paul Cronin|
|Sound Mixer||Dan Weinberg|
In the framing story, the director Bijan Daneshmand, playing himself, pitches the main story as an idea for a film.
Here Bijan Daneshmand assumes the role of the businessman Kami who will soon learn of his father's death.
A distraught Kami pays a visit to Agha, who is more than happy to introduce him to the drug.
Kami takes his first puff.
Poetry always follows opium in their routine.
After a few sittings with Agha, Kami decides to buy his very own opium paraphernalia.
Recreating the Agha's spread.
Kami reaches a new low when his daughter witnesses his addiction firsthand.
Salvation in poetry.
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