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Iran 2017. Dir: Alireza Davoudnejad. 100 min. DCP

In Ferrari, veteran Iranian filmmaker Alireza Davoudnejad (The Need, Sweet Agony) returns to tell another compelling coming-of-age story, this time of a teenaged girl from the provinces who travels to Tehran in search of her favourite car. The name “Ferrari” is a pun on the Persian word for “runaway.” As expected from the director, Ferrari is a frank confrontation with the class struggles and generational differences in contemporary Iran. Mohsen Tanabandeh’s terrific performance won him the Best Actor prize at last year’s Fajr Film Festival; Kambuzia Partovi’s script was named Best Screenplay. Partovi also wrote Jafar Panahi’s 2000 film The Circle; he and Panahi co-directed 2013’s Closed Curtain. (Adapted from CineIran Festival, Toronto).