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THE FISH FALL IN LOVE (Mahiha Ashegh Mishavand)

Director: Ali Raffi
Iran   |   2006   |   96 minutes
Farsi, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Atieh's singular passion is food, and her small but popular restaurant on the sleepy Caspian coast is her pride and joy. But when Aziz, her former fiancé, appears after a twenty-year absence, the women believe he has intentions of closing the restaurant, so Atieh prepares his favorite dishes, one after the other, in a desperate effort to convince him otherwise. Loosely based on the Persian fable of Shahrazad and the Thousand Myths (A Thousand and One Nights), director Ali Raffi uses the language of food to paint a richly textured portrait of life and love on the northern coast of Iran.

About the Director Ali Raffi was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1938. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology, and B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Dramatic Arts from the Sorbonne University. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Film and Stage Direction from the International Theater University in France, and a Diploma of Acting from Charles Dulain in France. He was the head of the City Theater in Tehran from 1975 to 1978, the dean of the Dramatic College from 1977 to 1980, and currently teaches at Tehran University. He has staged numerous theater productions, and has experience as a performer in multiple films and TV programs. The Fish Fall In Love is his first feature film.

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

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Featured in the Global Lens 2008 film series.




CAST

Aziz - Reza Kianian
Atieh - Roya Nonahali
Touka - Golshifteh Farahani
Goli - Maryam Saadat
Gohar - Maedeh Tahmasbi
Reza - Mehdi Pakdel
Akbar - Sina Razani

CREW

Director - Ali Raffi
Writer - Ali Raffi
Producer - Hassan Kalami
Cinematographer - Mahmoud Kalari
Editor - Varuzh Karim Masihi
Sound - Sasan Nakhaie, Mohsen Roshan
REVIEWS

“Kianian, Nonahali and Golshifteh all have movie-star looks and strong camera presences. They sparkle when closeups are required…The scenery is great. And you definitely will be hungry when you leave the theatre." -Toronto Sun

“… ‘Fish’ greatly benefits from d.p. Mahmoud Kalari (‘Offside’), who brings forth the lushness of both sea and kitchen…” -Variety

“This is a film that will leave its taste in the pallet long after the curtains have dropped. The sound of the Caspian, the beautiful images that accompany it…will imprint themselves on the memory...” -TehranAvenue.com

“[Ali Raffi's] illustration of the wounds of absence in 'The Fish Fall in Love' is a testament to the frustration of distance itself: that lingering questions often hurt more than physical separation.”
-Eyeweekly.com

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2007
ANNONAY FILM FESTIVAL
PACIFC ASIA MUSEUM
UCLA FILM TELEVISION ARCHIVE

2006
Prix du Meilleur Film, FESTIVAL D’AUBAGNE
Grand Prix, ASIAN MARINE FILM FESTIVAL IN MAKUHARI
RIO DE JANEIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL SPLIT FILM FESTIVAL
OSIAN’S CINEFAN, FESTIVAL OF ASIAN CINEMA
KOLKATA FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT & CINEMA FESTIVAL
MOROCCO FILM FESTIVAL
NOORDELIJK FILM FESTIVAL
ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL TORÚN FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL SEOUL
SEOUL FILM FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL DE CINE DE OURENSE
TAIEPEI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
REHOBOTH BEACH INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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