Contemporary Iranian Cinema

Acclaimed and accomplished new films from Iran are in the spotlight in this monthly showcase presented by The Cinematheque in partnership with the Phoenix Cultural Centre of Toronto and Pacific United Productions, a Vancouver-based motion picture production and distribution company.

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Current Showings

Two quarrelling couples strike something with their car in writer-director Ramtin Lavafipour’s taut psychological thriller.

Recent Showings

Modernity and tradition clash in writer-director Parviz Shahbazi’s exuberant film, a love letter to Tehran.
Reza Dormishian’s second feature, pulled from competition at the Fajr Film Festival, captures the seething frustrations of Iran's younger generation.
The Salesman's Shahab Hosseini stars in this psychological drama, a major box-office hit at home.
Director Majid Barzegar’s sly, slow-burning hybrid film, co-written by Jafar Panahi, treats the subject of dementia in no very ordinary manner.
The latest from I'm Not Angry! director Reza Dormishian is stylistically bold, breathlessly paced, and highly troubling social drama.
Iran’s unusual concept of “temporary marriage” is the backdrop to emerging writer-director Ida Panahandeh’s emotionally rich drama.
Narges Abyar’s third feature concerns a young girl who retreats into daydreams and fantasies in the face of the conflict around her.
Impressively shot in a single continuous take, writer-director Mehdi Fard Ghaderi’s first feature spins a tale of six different families on a train.
Tehran-born writer-director Oktay Baraheni first feature is a social drama that freely adapts Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.
The debut feature of Ahmad Moazzami makes potent drama out of the perils faced by young people in today's digital environment.
An independent, unmarried woman living and working in Tehran decides she wants a baby in VFS alumnus Ghazaleh Soltani’s timely new film.
A medical examiner believes he might be responsible for a child’s death in the gripping second feature of filmmaker Vahid Jalilvand.
A teenaged girl travels to Tehran in search of her favourite car in veteran Iranian filmmaker Alireza Davoudnejad latest coming-of-age story.
Director Rambod Javan tries his hand at drama in this mystery-thriller with surreal and supernatural elements, a box-office smash in Iran.
Ida Panahandeh’s assured follow-up to Nahid confirms her talents and continues her attention to contemporary women’s concerns.
The latest from Mani Haghighi is a farcical black comedy satirizing artistic ego, gender relations, government censorship, and social-media culture.
An aging novelist can no longer hear his muse — but starts hearing music — in this comedy-drama from veteran Iranian filmmaker Bahman Farmanara.
Director Pooya Badkoobeh’s superb debut is a moral drama addressing social divisions and the soulless pursuit of wealth in contemporary Iran.
The just-released new feature from acclaimed writer-director Hatef Alimardani is an Iranian comedy for — and about — the Age of Trump.
The second feature of director Abbas Amini won Best Film and Best Director honours at November’s CineIran Festival in Toronto.
Award-winning director Abdolreza Kahani's eleventh feature, mismarketed as a mainstream comedy in Iran, is the first Iran-Thailand co-production.
Inspired by William Faulkner’s novel, Mostafa Sayari’s first feature centres on four adult siblings transporting the body of their deceased father.
A flirtatious architect muddles through the aftermath of his failed marriage in Iranian writer-director Alireza Motamedi’s quirky and affecting first feature.
The hallucinatory and high-concept third feature of Shahram Mokri sets a dystopian mystery-drama against a strange athletic contest.
A prominent female athlete battles Iran’s patriarchy in writer-director Soheil Beiraghi’s hot-button second feature.