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Tehran Taboo

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

Iran-born, Germany-based animator Ali Soozandeh fearlessly skewers the sexual taboos and other double-standards of Iranian society in his debut feature, one of the highlights of this year’s Cannes Critics’ Week.

Using rotoscoped characters and a combination of 3D and drawn elements for the backdrop, he concocts three intersecting stories. The first centers on Pari, a brazen, warmhearted prostitute, who drags her young son Elias along on house-calls and automobile quickies. Pari’s drug-addicted husband is in prison, but she can’t get the divorce papers signed until she agrees to be the concubine of a corrupt religious court judge who stashes her in a nice flat in an upscale, doorman-tended building. There, Pari meets pregnant Sara, an unhappily married woman trying to devise a way to get out from under the thumb of her oppressive inlaws. Pari’s path also crosses with Babak, a struggling musician, whose one night stand with Donya, a professed bride to be, leaves him struggling to find the money to pay for an operation to restore her virginity.

"This wily account of 20-something Iranians negotiating an assault course of laws and prohibitions to get their kicks fizzes with energy and bad behaviour."—Wendy Ide, Screen

North American premiere
Director Ali Soozandeh
Country of Origin: Germany/Austria
Year: 2017
Running Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Farsi with English subtitles
Related Links: Cineuropa review
Cast: Elmira Rafizadeh, Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Arash Marandi, Bilal Yasar, Negar Mona Alizadeh, Payam Madjlessi
Producer: Frank Geiger, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Mark Fencer, Armin Hofmann, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
Screenwriter: Ali Soozandeh
Cinematographer: Martin Gschlacht
Editor: Frank Geiger, Andrea Mertens
Production Design: Ali Soozandeh
Music: Ali N. Askin
Production Company: Little Dream Entertainment
Distributor: Kino Lorber
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