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SHOWING 31 FILMS FROM IRAN

ABADAN

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Mani Haghighi and Erik Moe
  • Country: Iran
Separated from but still emotionally attached to her husband, a woman searches desperately for her runaway father who is obsessed with going to Abadan, the oil-rich city destroyed in the war with Iraq. Aided by a remarkable cast, Haghighi's directorial debut portrays a middle class rarely depicted in Iranian films today. |Read More

ABOUT ELLY

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 119 minutes
  • Directed By: Asghar Farhadi
  • Country: Iran
A group of old college pals reunites for a weekend adventure on the sea, but compounding lies and deception quickly lead to catastrophe. Everyone hopes Sepideh's new friend Elly will hit it off with Ahmad, newly divorced from his German wife and in search of an Iranian bride, but Elly disappears on the second day, plunging the group into a complex mystery. Asghar Farhadi took the Best Director prize at Berlin. |Read More
Drama

AFGHANISTAN, THE LOST TRUTH

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 64 minutes
  • Country: Iran
An honest look at a war-ravaged land after the fall of the Taliban, going beyond the now-clichéd images of so many recent films. Actress/director Maleknasr travels the country interviewing a wide range of Afghans who, despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, poignantly voice their collective dreams for their nation's future. |Read More

CRYSTAL

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 54 minutes
  • Directed By: Mania Akbari
  • Country: Iran
A young woman is afflicted by a strange and rare disease that leads to painful crystals being produced in her eyelids and uterus. In her directorial debut, Akbari (lead actress in Abbas Kiarostami's Ten) transcends the sensational aspects of this bizarre case and movingly portrays a character discovering her femininity. |Read More

DAY BREAK

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Directed By: Ishai Setton and Hamid Rahmanian
  • Country: Iran
In Iran, a murder conviction allows for the victim's family to choose capital punishment or forgiveness for the perpetrator. This harrowing, existential film shows a convicted murderer trapped in painful purgatory as his family distances themselves from him and his victim's family repeatedly delays their ultimate decision. |Read More

DRIVING LESSONS

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 12 minutes
  • Directed By: Marziyeh Riahi
  • Country: Iran
According to Iranian law, Bahareh (Linda Kiani) must have her traditional, chauvinistic husband accompany her on driving lessons so she and her instructor will not be alone. |Read More
Drama

EDDEAA

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 5 minutes
  • Directed By: Saman Arbabi
  • Country: Sweden, Iran
Eddeaa is a satirical revelation of the paradoxes and contradictions between tradition and modernity within Persian culture. |Read More
Music

FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Directed By: Asghar Farhadi
  • Country: Iran
On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks--an acrimonious domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife. |Read More
Drama

GILANEH

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Country: Iran
It is the Iranian New Year, 1988. Sadaam is bombing Tehran. And Gilaneh's family is being ripped apart by the war. Her son-in-law is missing after deserting the army. Her charming son, Ishmael, is heading off to fight for his country. Fifteen years later, on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Gilaneh is alone in her village home, taking care of Ishmael, now an invalid veteran. This beautifully shot, timely film overflows with unwavering pain, suffering and hope. |Read More

HALF MOON

Graying but determined, Mamo is a famed Kurdish musician who obtains permission to cross the Iranian border to give his first concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. But the journey poses endless challenges, especially when he tries to bring a female singer from Iran, where performances by women have been silenced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Winner of the Golden Shell, 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival. In Kurdish and Farsi. A Strand Release. |Read More
Music

HEAD WIND

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 65 minutes
  • Directed By: Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Country: Iran
The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran does its best to restrict its citizens' access to information and media from the rest of the world. The award-winning director of Iron Island shows how Iranians demonstrate what we'd call "Yankee resourcefulness" to stymie their censors. |Read More
Documentary

INSIDE OUT

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 39 minutes
  • Country: Iran
There are probably few places in the world where it's more difficult to be a transexual than the Islamic Republic of Iran. Inside Out follows three Iranians-a middle-aged woman, a high school drop out, and an unemployed newly wed-as they undergo their internal and external metamorphoses. |Read More
Documentary

MEN AT WORK

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Country: Iran
This subtle and comic political allegory focuses on four middle-class guys who pile into their car for a ski weekend (already a jolt to Western expectations about Iranian movies). A brief stop at a picturesque vista leads to their chance discovery of a prominent rock formation it seems would be oh so easy to tip over, but… |Read More
Comedy

NAVEL

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Mohammad Shirvani
  • Country: Iran
This experimental "reality drama" depicts a few seemingly idle days in the lives of four men and a woman who share an apartment. Frank sexual dialogue, non-linear structure, and the use of symbolic images distinguish Navel from much recent Iranian cinema, while Shirvani's jittery DV camera provides a rare intimate glimpse inside contemporary Tehran society from the point of view of an Iranian-American woman. |Read More

NIGHT OF THE HUNCHBACK

  • Release Year: 1963
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Country: Iran
This dark comedy, a key masterwork of Iranian cinema, has long remained unseen in the West. Adapted from a story in 1001 Nights and set in a popular theatre troupe, the story follows the death of an actor in a farcical accident and the brilliantly elaborated gags and misunderstandings that abound in subsequent attempts to dispose of his body. |Read More
Comedy

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MARRAKECH

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Country: Iran
In the autumn of 2005, 16 film students from NYC and Morocco converged on Marrakech as guests of the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation to study under Abbas Kiarostami (joined at one point by Martin Scorsese). This document, by the master's longtime director of photography, will screen with a new Kiarostami short, Roads of Kiarostami, and some of the students' works. (total running time 110 min.) |Read More
Documentary

PILGRIMAGE/INFIDELS

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Directed By: Bahman Kiarostami
  • Country: Iran
After Saddam's fall, hundreds of thousands of Iranians rushed to cross the suddenly unguarded border with Iraq to visit the holiest shrines of Shi'ism in Karbala and Najaf. Many traveled without valid papers and others did not hesitate to beg or even lie to get to these sacred sites. Playing with Infidels (Kofar). Baham Kiarostami visits the forgotten people of Iran, the Godars or Rom (gypsies) of Indian descent whose original religion was Animism and who were forced to convert to Islam after the revolution. They have four occupations: dancing, acting, hunting, and music. |Read More