An elderly president living in an opulent totalitarian palace is deposed by a revolution, and forced to go on the run with his grandson, travelling incognito among the people he once oppressed.

Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s latest work, set in a never-named former Soviet republic, acts as a universal parable about man’s cruelty to man and offers a contemporary reflection on the way popular revolts sometimes replace old tyrants with new ones.