Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

The Apple Day

Ajyal Competition

Mahmoud Ghaffari / Feature Narrative / Iran / 2022 / 79 min / Colour
In Azerbaijani, Farsi / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Family


‘A’ is ‘Apple’, or more appropriately in Farsi—’S’ is for Seeb. Young Mahdi is learning the alphabet and his teacher has the creative idea of rooting the new letters in real-life objects. Since Mahdi’s father is an apple seller by trade, his duty is to bring each student an apple for the class on ‘S’. A simple enough task on the surface. But when the family’s van is stolen, it sets off a series of events that make 30 apples seem like a herculean challenge—one which older brother and young hero, Saeed, is determined to accomplish.

The obstacles Saeed faces along the way range from hilarious to heart-breaking. The whole family is already struggling after moving from their seemingly arcadian existence to the less bountiful streets of Tehran. The last thing they need is to lose their primary source of income. But they are an entrepreneurial bunch, and between washing clothes on the side to working part-time in shops, they are determined to make their new life a success. A family drama that’s sweet at its core, ‘The Apple Day’ is a tale of kinship, brotherly love and perseverance.

About the Directors

Mahmoud Ghaffari is an Iranian director of fiction and documentary films. He has collaborated with various filmmakers such as Bahman Ghobadi and Asghar Farhadi. His feature debut as a director, ‘It’s a Dream’ (2012), was awarded at The Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF). Ghaffari won again at FIFF with his short ‘Hair’. His recent feature, ‘The Apple Day’, was nominated for a Crystal Bear in Generation Kplus at Berlin International Film Festival 2022.


Mahmoud Ghaffari
Mahmoud Ghaffari, Mahnaz Jarchi
Elaheh Nobakht
Executive Producer
Hossein Fathollahi, Ali Fathollahi
Ali Ehsani
Mahmoud Ghaffari
Production Company
Eli Image
Sales Company
Eli Image
Ali Mansour
Eli Image
Arian Rastkar, Zhila Shahi, Mahdi Pourmoosa, Khodadad Bakhshizadeh

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