Tehran Taboo

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Tehran Taboo

by Ali Soozandeh

Iran, Germany, Austria



Director : Ali Soozandeh 

Script : Ali Soozandeh 

Photographer : Martin Gschlacht 

Editing : Frank Geiger, Andrea Mertens 

Sound : Janis Grossmann 

Music : Ali N. Askin 

Actors : Elmira Rafizadeh, Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Arash Marandi, Bilal Yasar, Negar Mona Alizadeh, Payam Madjlessi 

Production : Little Dream Entertainment, Coop99, Filmproduktion, ZDF, Arte, ORF 

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Year : 2017

Screening : 2023

DCP, Color, 96 mn, OV persian SUBFR

Critic's Week Cannes 2017

Tehran: a schizophrenic society in which sex, corruption and prostitution coexist beside religious proscriptions. In this busy metropolis, three women of character and a young musician make a bid for freedom by defying taboos. “I was born in Iran and lived there until I was 25. I’ve been living in Germany since 1995. I’m the only member of my family who lives abroad. I was nine years old when the Islamic revolution took place. I really felt its impact when girls and boys were separated at school. It was the first of many upheavals which were to follow. Obviously, I’m still very attached to Iran and my people, who possess great strength and have managed to preserve their dignity in times of trial. The fact of having done research and reflected on the complexity of Iranian society has made my relationship with Iran much more intimate... For this project, shooting in Tehran was obviously unrealistic. I’ve seen films shot in Morocco or Jordania, supposed to represent Iran, but I haven’t found that convincing. I choose rotoscopy because with animated films, it’s the technical procedures which make the character the most realistic.” Ali Soozandeh

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