Radio Dreams


The Main 4 Sat, Apr 15, 2017 7:15 PM
The Main 5 Fri, Apr 21, 2017 2:25 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Culture & Society
Voice Category:Laugh Out Loud
Release Year:2016
Runtime:94 min
Festivals & Awards:Best Actor - Durban International Film Festival 2016
Special Jury Mention - Seattle International Film Festival 2016
Best Feature Film - Milan Film Festival 2016
Print Source:Matson Films
Director:Babak Jalali
Producer:Marjaneh Moghimi
Cinematographer:Noaz Deshe
Screenwriter:Babak Jalali
Aida Ahadiany
Editor:Nico Leunen
Babak Salek
Composer:Mahmood Schricker
Principal Cast:Mohsen Namjoo
Kabul Dreams (Sulyman Quardash
Siddique Ahmed and Raby Adib)
Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
Mohammad Talani
Boshra Dastournezhad
Bella Warda
Keyumars Hakim
Babak Mortazavi
Mahmood Schricker
Ali Tahbaz
Larry Laverty
Mansour Taeed
Laila Shahrestani
Casimir Carothers
Litz Plummer
Filmography:Frontier Blues ('09)


Iranian folk singer Hamid Royani has emigrated to the United States, where he tries to eke out a living in the San Francisco Bay Area writing and playing his music. To make ends meet, he works at Pars Radio, the area’s Persian language radio station. Hungry to make connections between the Middle East and his adopted country, he works to unite the musical cultures. And what could better achieve this noble goal than bringing to the station heavy metal legends Metallica to jam with Afghani rockers Kabul Dreams (who play themselves)? Nothing, until the station manager uses this opportunity to sell the absolute worst advertisements, commercializing genuine moments of art and song, and the wrestling-obsessed owner wants to capitalize on it as well. This wonderfully dry comedy features a sterling performance from Mohsen Namjoo, one of Iran’s top folk singers. “Contrasting wavelengths of humor and seriousness come through with impressive clarity.” - Hollywood Reporter

Director’s Biography

Babak Jalai: Babak Jalai was born in 1978 in Gorgan, Iran and grew up in London. He received his MA in filmmaking from the London Film School, and his graduation film, Heydar: An Afghan in Tehran ('05), was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Short Film. Radio Dreams is his third feature.

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