The city is brimming with drug addicts, many of whom are homeless. Samad, a member of anti-narcotics police task force, is looking for a drug kingpin, Nasser Khakzad. After several operations, Samad manages to track him down at his penthouse, where he’s committed suicide but is still alive. Nasser goes through legal steps that lead to his death penalty and execution, but along the way, Samad comes to realise that Nasser was drawn to this path because of broken down social conditions imposed on him.
Awards - Tokyo IFF (Best Director, Best Actor), Fajr FF (Crystal Simorgh - Audience Award Best Film, Best Editing), Zurich FF (Special Mention), Hafez Ceremony (Best Motion Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director)
Nominations - Venice FF (Venice Horizons Award), Tokyo IFF (Tokyo Grand Prix), Chicago IFF (Gold Hugo), Fajr FF (Crystal Simorgh for Best Film, Best Director), Stockholm FF (Impact Award), Sao Paulo IFF(New Directors Competition - Best Film)