Country: Iran

  • Hit The Road

    Hit The Road

    Debut writer/director Panah Panahi is inevitably described as ‘the son of Jafar Panahi’; he has acknowledged that fear of being compared to his famous father “completely paralysed me for years”. Jafar learned his craft working as the assistant of celebrated Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami – Panah remembers learning as a child from both filmmakers, “sitting…

  • The Salesman

    The Salesman

    Renowned Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s films depict dramas in the lives of ordinary people that present a microcosm of modern Iran and its complexities, particularly in regard to class and gender, with middle-class marriage his signature theme. As a student Farhadi arrived in Tehran hoping to study cinema in college and was instead assigned to…

  • A Separation

    A Separation

    Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, A Separation is a powerful Iranian drama about a middle-class couple who are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease. The tension between…

  • The Colour of Paradise

    The Colour of Paradise

    Its the end of term at the school for the blind in Iran. Mohammed a bright young pupil waits patiently for his father to collect him for the holiday. He waits a long time because his father, a widower, believes having a blind son at home will damage his chances of finding a rich new…

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