CANCELLED Tehran Taboo


ILC Room 130
1500 E University Blvd
85721 Tucson , AZ


Wed, 04/01/2020 - 7:00pm to Thu, 02/09/2023 - 3:02am


Part of the Spring 2020 Film Series: Urban Tales


*This film may not be rated*

From The Guardian -

The striking rotoscoped animation in this snapshot of an unseen Iran is more than an aesthetic decision. Yes, it looks stunning, with its colour palette of glowing ochres and strip-mall neons. But the technique also allows director Ali Soozandeh to portray a side of the city that a live-action film would never be permitted to depict. A good-hearted sex worker with a mute son trades favours for an apartment with a religious judge; a musician pops pills with a girl at a club but the morning after, he’s told he needs to pay for an operation to restore her virginity. A pregnant wife chafes against the straitjacket of her marriage. The characters and plotting tend to be a little schematic, but just because the trajectories of the women’s narratives are predictable, it doesn’t follow that the story lacks power. On the contrary – this is fearless, potent storytelling.

Watch the trailer

Ali Soozandeh

Persian (with English subtitles)

96 minutes