Sunday 19 February
Behzadi, 84 min, Social Drama, Farsi with English subtitles, Iran, 2016
Tehran's air pollution has reached maximum
levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with
her old mother and keeps herself busy with her tailoring shop. When doctors
insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran for her respiratory health,
Niloofar’s brother and family elders decide that she must also move away to
accompany her mother.
Niloofar is torn
between family loyalty and living her own life and pursuing a potential love
interest. She is the youngest in the family and has always obeyed their
orders, but this time she must stand up for herself and find
a way to try and "invert" her life once again.
The film has won the Red Rose Award for the
Best Released Film & Best Original Screenplay Award at Jaipur International
Film Festival. It has also participated in many film festivals, including:
Cannes International Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), Dubai International
Film Festival, Hamburg International Film Festival, Vancouver, Kerala,
Belgrade, Chennai, Gijon and Persian International Film Festival.