Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine. 2000. Iran. Written and directed by Bahman Farmanara. With Farmanara. DCP. In Persian; English subtitles. 93 min.
Veteran director Bahman Farmanara, known for such pre–Islamic Revolution Iranian New Wave works as Prince Ehtejab (1974) and Tall Shadows of the Wind (1978), plays a character much like himself and also named Bahman: a filmmaker who is making his first film following a two-decade ban. As Bahman makes plans for a documentary on Iranian burial rites, he confronts his own mortality. This introspective, semi-autobiographical work is a poignant meditation on life and death and the challenges filmmakers face in Iran.