No One knows about Persian Cats
(Kazi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Screenplay: Bahman Ghobadi, Roxana Saberi, H. M. Abkenar
Cinematographer: Tura J. Aslani
Editing: Hayedeh Safiyari
Sound: N. Kiaie
Cast.: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad
66 rue de Miromesnil
35 mm, Color, 101 min,
OV Farsi with French Subtitles
Special Jury Prize Un Certain Regard 2009
When young Iranian musicians Negar ad Ashkan get out of prison, they decide to start an underground band. Tired of not being able to freely express themselves in their country, they also try to get illegal papers to go to Europe. They meet Hamed who accompanies them during their procedure and goes with them all over Teheran, meeting other musicians and trying to convince them to leave the country along with them, and organize a big concert in order to finance their escape.
“Young people try to exorcize their suffering through music. And the best way to free oneself from this suffering is to have a musical instrument and play at home, since this youth is neither allowed to play outside, nor to record music. Young Iranians are so desperate that many of them end up with drugs or suicide.” Bahman Ghobadi
The film sings, but also yells and chants freedom.