No One Knows About Persian Cats

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Bahman Ghobadi at the press conference about h...

Bahman Ghobadi at the press conference about his new film "Nobody knows about Persian Cats" (at the 57th San Sebastián Film Festival) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No One Knows About Persian Cats (Persian: کسی از گربه های ایرانی خبر نداره‎) is a 2009 Iranian film directed by Bahman Ghobadi produced by Wild Bunch. Originally titled Kasi az Gorbehaye Irani Khabar Nadareh, in the film’s native language, Persian, this film first took on the name of Nobody Knows About The Persian Cats before finally being titled No One Knows About Persian Cats. The film offers perspective of Iran as it explores its underground Rock scene. It won the Special Jury Prize Ex-aequo in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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Tardid

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Tardid

Tardid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tardid (Persian: تردید‎) lit. Doubt is a 2009 Iranian Crystal Simorgh-winning film directed by Varuzh Karim Masihi. It is an adaptation of Shakespeare‘s Hamlet.[1]Made after 17 years, Tardid is Karim Masihi’s second feature film after Parde-ye Akhar (The Last Act).

Siavash Roozbehan is a young man and he has lost his father after his mysterious suicide.His uncle is managing his father’s wealth. He is in love with his cousin Mahtab whose father is his uncle’s councilor. Siavash gradually realizes that his uncle is going to marry his mother. After some days he also sees a lot of similarities between his own life and of Shakespeare‘s Hamlet. He goes to Garo, his best friend, and they try to change the end of the tragic story.

  • Note: Because most of main characters in the film have a reference in Hamlet play the names in the parentheses are given for a better understanding of the film plot and are the external reference to Hamlet characters.

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  • Note: Because most of main characters in the film have
    a reference in Hamlet play the names in the parentheses are given for a
    better understanding of the film plot and are the external reference to
    Hamlet characters.

About Elly

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Deutsch: Asghar Farhadi präsentiert als Gast der Viennale 2009 im Stadtkino seinen Film Alles über Elly. English: Asghar Farhadi at the screening of his movie About Elly during the Vienna International Film Festival 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About Elly (Persian: درباره الی‎, translit. Darbareye Elly) is a 2009 Iranian film directed by Asghar Farhadi. It is the fourth film by Farhadi. The film is about the relationship among some middle class families in Iran.

Farhadi won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 59th Berlin Film Festival for the film. The film was also nominated for 10 awards at the 27th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran where Farhadi won the Crystal Symorgh for best directing. About Elly was Iran’s official submission for the competition in Foreign Film section at the 82nd Academy Awards. It competed against films such as Bist, Tardid, Bipooli for Iran’s submission in the Academy Awards.

A group of middle-class Iranian friends travel to the shores of the Caspian Sea on a three-day vacation. They are former classmates at the Law faculty in the university. Three couples include Sepideh and her husband Amir who have a little daughter. Shohreh and her husband Peiman who have two children including their little son Arash. Nazi and her husband Manoochehr are the third family. The trip is planned by Sepideh, who brought along her daughter’s kindergarten teacher Elly in order to introduce her to Ahmad, a friend who has come back from Germany for marriage.

They all go to the villa that Sepideh has booked from Tehran, but the rural woman in charge tells them that the owners of the place are coming back tomorrow, so they can’t stay there. The old woman suggests that they stay in a deserted villa that needs a lot of repairs. There is no cellphone reception there and they have to go to the old woman’s house in order to make calls. Sepideh lies to the old woman about the relationship between Elly and Ahmad: she says they’re married and are there for their honey moon.

Elly is a little shy, but she begins to feel attracted to Ahmad, who seems to feel the same way. She calls her mother and lies to her saying that she’s with her co-workers at the sea-side. She wishes to go back to Tehran the following day, as planned. Sepideh does not want her to leave and hides her luggage. In a twist of events, Elly goes missing after one of the mothers asks her to watch the children playing in the water. The group does not know whether Elly drowned or left for Tehran on her own.

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The White Meadows

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Panahi winning the Berlin Silver Bear in 2006 ...

Panahi winning the Berlin Silver Bear in 2006 for his Offside (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The White Meadows (Persian: Keshtzarhaye sepid‎) is a 2009 Iranian film written, directed and produced by Mohammad Rasoulof. The film was edited by leading Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and stars Hassan Pourshirazi as Rahmat.

Mohammad Rasoulof was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1972. He received a degree in Sociology from Shiraz University and studied film editing at the Sooreh University in Tehran. His first feature film is the docudrama The Twilight, and his second feature, Iron Island, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. He also directed Head Wind, a documentary about the restrictions currently imposed in Iran on using satellites and the Internet. The White Meadows is his third feature film.

In a dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of Lake Urmia, collecting the heartaches and tears of its’ inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or forcibly ‘treating’ the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors. Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof’s deeply atmospheric and poetical film is a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders.

To the Moon

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To the Moon from Mahtab Entertainment “Growing up in Iran where bombs frequently fell from the sky, a free-spirited girl leaves behind her father and moves to America to find freedom.  Only to realize the oppression has followed her all the way to LA.”

  • Cast
  • Solmaz Niki-Kermani as Mahtab
  • Navid Negahban as Papa
  • Nick Thurston as Jason
  • Jamie Harris as Julian
  • Van Epperson as Jim
  • Shari Vasseghi as Mom
  • Nooshafarin Abdi as Aunt
  • Crew
  • Writer-Solmaz Niki-Kermani
  • Director-Damian Harris
  • Producer-Russell Boast
  • Tobias Datum-Cinematographer
  • Yukako Shimada-Editor

 

A Separation

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Français : Leila Hatami au festival de Deauville

Français : Leila Hatami au festival de Deauville (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Separation (in Persian: جدایی نادر از سیمین‎ Jodái-e Náder az Simin, “The separation of Nader from Simin”) is a critically acclaimed 2011 Iranian drama film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, starring Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi. It focuses on an Iranian middle-class couple who separate, and the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a lower-class caretaker for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

A Separation won the 84th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian movie to win the award. It received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear. It also won the 69th Golden Globe Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film. The film was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award, a rare occurrence for a foreign language film.

Nader (Peyman Moaadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) have been married for fourteen years and live with their eleven-year-old daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) in Tehran. The family belongs to the urban upper middle-class and the couple is on the verge of separation. Simin wants to leave the country with her husband and daughter, as she does not want Termeh to grow up under the prevailing conditions. This desire is not shared by Nader. He is concerned for his elderly father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who lives with the family and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. When Nader decides to stay in Iran, Simin files for divorce.

The family court judges the couple’s problems insufficient to warrant divorce and rejects Simin’s application. Simin leaves her husband and daughter and moves back in with her parents. On the recommendation of his wife, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a young, deeply religious woman from a poor suburb, to take care of his father while he works at a bank. Razieh has applied for the job without consulting her hot-tempered husband Hodjat (Shahab Hosseini), whose approval, according to tradition, would have been required. Her family is financially dependent on the work, and she takes her daughter to the house with her.

Razieh soon becomes overwhelmed by taking care of Nader’s father, which is physically and emotionally demanding. On the first day of work, when she finds that the old man is incontinent, she phones a religious hotline to ask if it would be a sin for her to clean him. Assured that it would be acceptable, she continues in the job, but later hopes to get her husband into the position, without revealing that she had first worked there. She finds the work very heavy, especially as she is pregnant. Nader interviews Hodjat and hires him, but Hodjat, who is heavily in debt, is jailed by his creditors on the day he is due to start, and so Razieh returns to work for Nader.

Farewell Baghdad

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Farewell Baghdad (Persian: بدرود بغداد‎) is a 2010 Iranian film directed by Mehdi Naderi. The film was selected as the Iranian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards,[1][2] but it did not make the final shortlist.

The Polish-American boxer Daniel Dalca (Mazdak Mirabedini) escapes his problems by enlisting in the army. After four years when his mission is over, he was to sent back home where he would have to face his past problems. So he decides to desert the army. In the middle of a desert he gets bitten by a scorpion.

On the very day of her marriage, 29 March 2003 Rebecca (Pantea Bahram) lost her husband during the British-American attack on Iraq. Today she’s managing a little restaurant on the Iraqi borderline where she hosts Iraqi and American soldiers. She goes to the landmines to clear mines in order to plant trees and palms at the very same places.

Saleh Al Marzouk (Mostafa Zamani) is an Iraqi math teacher who lost his family on the 29 March Baghdad bombings. Meanwhile he detained and later imprisoned at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison for three years. Disguised as a woman, he plans to blow himself up at a restaurant on Christmas Day in 2009. There, he suddenly discovers a picture of himself on the wall, when Rebecca enters the restaurant. Shocked, Saleh runs away.

  • Mazdak Mirabedini as Daniel Dalca
  • Pantea Bahram as Rebecca
  • Mostafa Zamani as Saleh Al Marzouk
  • Cris Cyrus Saidi as Lt. Sean Miller
  • Reza Mohammady as Cpl. Nick Wilson
  • Majid Bahrami
  • Arya Shakeri
  • Adnan Shahtalai