NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
in Persian with English subtitles
Ali Soozandeh, Germany/Austria, 2017, 96 min
Recommended ages 17 to adult
DIRECTOR IN PERSON!
The lives of three strong-willed women and a young musician cross paths in Tehran's schizophrenic society where sex, corruption, prostitution, and drugs coexist with strict religious laws and ultra-conservative patriarchal traditions. In this bustling modern metropolis, avoiding prohibition has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation, especially for women. By using animation, the film offers just enough distance to explore provocative subject matter without salaciousness (there are a few scenes that would be exceedingly problematic in live action) while the rotoscoping of real actors injects authentic human emotion and reminds the viewer that this is very real. In this way expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh skates a thin edge to bring to life a story that would be difficult to tell in his home country
Comment: film depicts sexual situations, nudity, drug use, and adult themes
Also selected as feature film in competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2017