Under the skin of the city

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Sous la peau de la ville

Under the Skin of the City

(Zir-e pust-e shahr)

by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Iran

 

Sous la peau de la ville

Director: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Script: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Farid Mostafavi

Cinematographer: Hossein Jafarian

Editing: Mostafa Khergheh-Poush

Sound: Ashgar Shahverdi

Cast: Golab Adineh, M.R. Forutan, Baran Kosari, Ebrahim Shaybani, M. Ghazi Moradi

Production: R. Bani-Etemad, Jahangir Kosari

Distribution:
Noblesse Oblige Distribution
51 rue Au Maire
75003 Paris
France
Tel: 0033 6.16.25.47.54
Mail: noblesseoblige@wanadoo.fr

Year: 2000

35 mm, Colour, 92 min
OV Farsi with French Subtitles

Jury Prize at Moscow Film Festival 2001

In 1988, the Parliament elections in Teheran took place in a tense atmosphere. Tuba is a mother working hard in a factory to support her family. Abbas, her elder son, dreams of a rise in social status and a better life for his family. With the complicity of his father, he tries to get a visa to work abroad. He is a sensitive and generous young man and will stop at nothing to give his family a better future. While trying to earn a lot of money quickly, Abbas puts the people he loves in serious danger. The city has rules which can be fatal.

Initially meant for an Iranian audience, the film got the award of the Best Film of the Year and became very successful. While portraying the life of a middle-class family in Teheran, it seeks under " the bark of the city " and probes into the daily life and perspectives of the Iranian society of that time. The film enables us to rediscover life in Teheran, a city which itself plays an important role and incarnates the whole society. The Iranian people acknowledged this chronicle as a universal depiction of human condition of the modern times.

 
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