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Tehran: City of Love

Pitch-perfect deadpan humour helps paint a picture of Tehran as you’ve never seen it before, heralding an exciting new voice in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Dir Ali Jaberansari
Prod Babak Jalali
Scr Ali Jaberansari, Maryam Najafi
With Forough Ghajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Behnaz Jafari
Prod Co Here & There Productions

Mina is a receptionist at an upmarket beauty clinic. Unhappy about her weight but addicted to ice cream, she catfishes men she encounters at work. Hessam, a retired bodybuilder who trains affluent older men, is cast in a film with Louis Garrel, someone neither he – nor anyone around him – has ever heard of, even if the producer assures him that the French actor is very famous. Meanwhile Vahid, a singer at religious ceremonies and an expert mourner, is convinced by his friends to try singing at weddings after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Playing on the trope of unrequited love – a consistent subject of traditional Persian storytelling – this playfully observed triptych of individuals looking for romance reflects on the fleeting nature of happiness.

Elhum Shakerifar

The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Sunday 14 October (not the screening on Thursday 18 October as listed in the LFF brochure).

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