Acclaimed director Bahman Ghobadi's latest film The Four Walls has won the Award for Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2021. The award is shared amongst the principal male cast of the film -- Amir Aghaee, Fatih Al, Bariş Yildiz and Onur Buldu.
Bahman Ghobadi said, “I am very happy about this prize. Before I thought that because of the language barrier we might not be able to understand each other easily, but with this prize it shows that we not only understood each other, but somehow we connected with one another. So I congratulate them all: my great Iranian actor Amir Aghaee, my great Turkish and Kurdish actors. And I thank them all for their work.”
The film is produced by Roger Waters -- founding member of band Pink Floyd -- Bahman Ghobadi and Gökçe Isil Tuna with executive producers Mark Fenwick and Kate Watkins and consulting producer Clare Spencer.
The film follows Boran, a musician working in Istanbul away from his family. His wife has never seen the sea and he has worked for years to buy a small home overlooking it so he can bring his family to live with him. One day he returns home to find a building blocking his sea view and so begins his fight to reclaim his lost view in the most tragic of circumstances, a fight which gets progressively harder as time goes by.