Persian

  • Mohsen Makhmalbaf – The Gardener (2012) (HD)

    The Gardener is a surreal film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about a religion (Baha’i faith) that they don’t know much due to its taboo status in the country of both the filmmaker and the faith’s birth – Iran.Read More »

  • Bahman Farmanara – Sayehaye bolande bad AKA Tall Shadows of the Wind (1979)

    Based on a short story by Houshang Golshiri, this film centers around mysterious and chilling events that take place in a village. A group of superstitious inhabitants have erected a scarecrow for protection but soon find themselves terrorized by it.Read More »

  • Bahram Beizai – Mosaferan AKA Travellers (1991)

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    A young woman’s wedding becomes a ritual of mourning when her sister and family die in an auto accident on the way to the wedding. The sisters’ mother refuses to accept her daughter’s death, and in the midst of wedding guests and mourners, including the drivers of the truck that caused the accident, she orders the wedding to take place. But how can the daughter marry in the midst of a wake and without the family’s traditional mirror, which the sister was bringing to the service? The film is transcendental in its resolution.Read More »

  • Ali Abbasi – Holy Spider (2022) (HD)

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    Family man Saeed embarks on his own religious quest – to “cleanse” the holy Iranian city of Mashhad of immoral and corrupt street prostitutes. After murdering several women, he grows ever more desperate about the lack of public interest in his divine mission.Read More »

  • Mohammad Rasoulof – Dast-Neveshte-haa Nemisoozand AKA Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013)

    Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans…Read More »

  • Bahram Beizai – Kalagh AKA The Raven (1977)

    When Mr. Esalat is looking for a topic for his TV show, he notices an advertisement in the newspaper about a missing girl. The picture of the missing girl is very familiar to him and he tries to remember where he saw it before. His wife Asieh is a teacher and at home she writes his mother’s diary. When he searches for the address in that advertisement, he finds that it belongs to 30 years ago. Asieh is becoming interested in the missing girl too.Read More »

  • Morteza Farshbaf – Soog AKA Mourning (2011)

    PLOT: A violent quarrel breaks out between a couple at midnight. Being at a relative,s house in the north of Iran, they depart for Tehran in the middle of the night, but they do not bring along their son. Something terrible happens on their way…Read More »

  • Nazgol Kashani – Khoda Biamorz AKA May She Rest in Peace (2021)

    A former bourgeoisie family’s preoccupation with socio-economic identity continues even into death as they decide what the best burial plot for their aunt is.
    May She Rest in Peace centres around a former Bourgeoisie family in Iran whose current social status is in decline. The family’s preoccupation with socio-economic identity continues even into death as they are deciding what is the best burial plot for their aunt.Read More »

  • Abolfazl Jalili – Yek Dastan-e Vaghe’i AKA A True Story (1996)

    While looking for the cast for another unfinished project, a director discovers his ideal actor, a boy at a baker’s shop. By the time he goes to hire the young boy for his film, the shopkeeper has fired him. What ensues is a search for the homeless child and, along the way, the discovery of his solitude, his survival techniques, and the mental and physical state of surrounding adults and children. When the director finally finds his actor, the young adolescent seems to need serious medical care.The film gives the public a view of the Iranian medical system; once again the inadequacies of the social system and its contradictions are highlighted. Jalili also elaborates on generosity, once a sacred notion, individual responsibility and human limitations. Seen as criticism of the current medical system, the film was withheld for three years and only released in 1998.A True Story has found its moving actor and a life story worth discovering, but the film unintentionally dragged Jalili towards the realm of melodrama. Of this film, Godard said ‘A True Story may turn out to be a film that is not made very well, but it will always be ahead of the art.’Read More »

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