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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

Director: Granaz Moussavi
Iran   |   2009   |   95 minutes
Farsi and English, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis In this riveting, insider’s perspective on life in Iran’s capital city, Marzieh—a terminally ill actress—wearily relates her desperate quest for political asylum through a series of interviews with an unsympathetic government official. Beginning with details of her doomed relationship with an Iranian-born Australian and their plan to relocate to Adelaide, she recounts her struggle to work as an actress under Iran’s current regime, her hope for a future ultimately dashed by the devastating discovery of her illness, and her need to “escape” the only home she has ever known. Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving arts culture, and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran’s contemporary political climate.

About the Director Granaz Moussavi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974. She received a degree in Screen Studies from Flinders University and a postgraduate degree in Film Editing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She is the author of four collections of avant-garde poetry and has directed and edited several short films and documentaries. My Tehran For Sale is her first feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

Featured in the Global Lens 2010 film series.



CAST

Marzieh - Marzieh Vafamehr
Saman - Amir Chegini
Sadaf - Asha Mehrabi
Niloufar - Mobina Karimi
Interviewer - Sandy Cameron

CREW

Director - Granaz Moussavi
Writer - Granaz Moussavi
Producers - Julie Ryan, Kate Croser, Granaz Moussavi
Cinematographer - Bonnie Elliott
Editor - Bryan Mason
Sound - Tom Heuzenroeder, Yadollah Najafi
Music - Mohsen Namjou
REVIEWS

"Shot undercover in Iran’s teeming capital, this brave low-budget film speaks volumes about the everyday repressions faced by middle-class, literate Iranians — a focus only intensified by the recent presidential election and its continued aftermath of mass protest and state-sanctioned clampdown...As a passionate cry for international understanding and a stirring example of hit-and-run moviemaking, it can’t be overlooked." -Screen Daily

"Filmed on the sly in the streets of Iran, My Tehran for Sale gives an unauthorized peek at the oppressive Muslim state's underground scene and the muted rebellion of its youth. As such, it scores points for freshness and innovation." -Hollywood Reporter

"An artful and poetic film...In her debut as a writer/director, Iranian-Australian poet Granaz Moussavi uses images to tell a story, and dialogue to paint pictures. She finds beauty in the seemingly ordinary, while also taking cinematic advantage of Tehran's amazing cityscape. She doesn't spoon-feed her audience - the way in which the story is constructed, shifting around in time, forces you to put things together." -FilmInk

"Enhanced by a wonderful score that includes works by contemporary Iranian musician Mohsen Namjou, the aches and triumphs of Marzieh's story show us another side of Iran's culture – one that we need to see.” -Dallas Film Festival

“For Westerners, this a rare, moving glimpse into the world of dissident Iran–a world whose inhabitants resemble ourselves.”-St. Louis Magazine

“Set against the backdrop of Tehran's thriving arts culture, and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran's contemporary political climate.” -Arts Council of Hillsborough County

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2009
Independent Spirit Inside Film Award, ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MANNHEIM-HEIDELBERG

2010
FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
STATE OF THE WORLD, STATE OF THE CINEMA
AVAILABLE LIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
CINEMA NOVO FILM FESTIVAL
LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEBIOFEST PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
KULTURWOCHEN MITTLEREN OSTEN-HAMBURG
CPH:PIX COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL
DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM FOR IRAN
CINEMATHEQUE FRANÇAISE
EL OJO COJO FILM FESTIVAL
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTRE
CAMBODIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VISOES DO SUL - MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA DE PORTIMAO
DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL
DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TRENTON FOREIGN FILM FESTIVAL
KOLKATA FILM FESTIVAL
MEDFILM FESTIVAL

2011
IRANIAN CINEMA
FRAUENFILMTAGE WIEN
KINOVI[SIE]ON
MALMO INTERNATIONAL FEMALE FILM FESTIVAL
FREIBURGER FILM FORUM
AICE AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

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