The first film in which Abbas Kiarostami has hired a professional actor (Mohamad Ali Keshavarz who plays the director of the film-within-the-film).

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.

Selected as Iran's submission in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 1995 Oscars.

Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 1995 (#09).

It is the first film which is officially submitted to the Academy by Iran after the Islamic revolution in Iran.