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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ALI SOOZANDEH

An animated dramatic feature that juggles multiple stories to explore the sexual double-standard behind the hypocrisy of life in contemporary Iran: a young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity; a divorce judge (in the Islamic Revolutionary Court) extorts favors from a prostitute; a pregnant woman is desperate to work for a living so she may live independently; young women (purportedly virgins) are sold to Dubai for large sums of money. Ali Soozandeh paints a complicated portrait of a social order in which women are at the bottom rung of a ladder built on religion, the law, and plain old misogyny.

GERMANY / FRANCE / AUSTRIA • 2016 • 96 MINS. • IN FARSI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
KINO LORBER

Reviews

“An audacious debut.”
– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Visually striking...arresting animation. Represents a glimpse of Iranian culture which is largely unknown. [A] lively, irreverent animated assault on Iranian morality...fizzes with energy and bad behavior.”
– Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“A savage look at the paradox that is modern Iran. Ali Soozandeh’s brisk animated feature displays an often absurdist energy and comic wit. Eye-opening, scathing. Think of it as SHORT CUTS meets PERSEPOLIS. It is a vibrant and worthy trip that manages to squeeze a bit of poetry into the bombast.”
– Kurt Halfyard, Screen Anarchy