VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Teheran Tabu

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Teheran Tabu

Tehran Taboo

Ali Soozandeh
D/A, 2017
Fiction, 96min, OmdU

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Teheran Tabu

Ali Soozandeh
D/A, 2017
Fiction, 96min, OmdU

Actors: 
Elmira Rafizadeh
Pari
Zahra Amir Ebrahimi
Zara
Arash Marandi
Babak
Negar Nasseri
Donya
Hasan Ali Mete
Judge
Contributors: 
VFX Supervisors
Ali Samadi Ahadi
Christian Schiffler
Screenplay: 
Ali Soozandeh
Camera: 
Martin Gschlacht
Editor: 
Frank Geiger
Andrea Mertens
Composer: 
Ali N. Askin
Costume: 
Erika Navas

Production: 
Little Dream Entertainment
Coop99
World Sales: 
Celluloid Dreams
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen
Format: 
DCP
Color

Animation proves a cunning technical choice in TEHRAN TABOO, a first feature written and directed by Ali Soozandeh. Like Marjane Satrapi’s 2007 PERSEPOLIS, it offers just enough distance to explore the highly charged theme of sexual and personal freedom in Iran without salaciousness. Women are the main victims here, whether married, divorced or single, and their lives are depicted as pure tragedy.
Far from the usual victimized streetwalker, the prostitute Pari in the first episode embodies the truth that no repressive system can completely quell the human spirit. There’s something that recalls Anna Magnani’s earthiness and great heart in Elmira Rafizadeh’s many-hued performance. Pari’s backstory is a failed marriage to a drug addict who is now in prison. When she tries to get a judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court to sign her divorce papers, he barters his signature for a concubine arrangement. She moves into an apartment he owns with little Elias, which is not such a bad deal. (Deborah Young)

In the presence of Ali Soozandeh and Siir Eloglu.