ARTE Kurzschluss – Fokus Iran – Frau Film Freiheit

Saturday, 10.6.2023, 9:00 p.m.

Short films
D/F 2023
Author: Marita Loosen-Fox
Camera: Steph Ketelhut
Production and editing: Daniela Thiel
Editor: Jutta Krug / WDR

The upcoming edition of the ARTE short film magazine comes from Cologne and circles the Iranian short film scene against the background of the current protests. The Oscar-nominated Luxemburgish contribution “The Red Suitcase” and the dance film “And Me, I`m Dancing Too”, shot in Tehran, will be shown, which will also be presented in more detail – a view from the outside and one from the inside. The magazine feature “Zoom” – confronts film activists in Iran and exile with the question of how the feminist freedom movement could change the image of women in Iranian film.

We show the Kurzschluss issue in a preview.

Broadcast date: June 24 on ARTE

* A purchase is worthwhile from the fourth film onwards.

And Me, I’m Dancing Too (Man Khod, Manham Miraghsam)
Director: Mohammad Valizadegan
Ir/D/CZ 2023 21 min
Farsi with English subtitles.

Saba’s body moves to the music with flowing rhythm. Dancing on the borderline between documentary and fiction, the film creates a portrait of a generation of young Iranians who are constrained by the rigid rules of the Islamic Republic.



The theater director Mohammad Valizadegan (*1986 in Tehran) works as an actor, dancer and filmmaker. He appeared in Mohammad Rasoulof`s Berlinale winner “There Is No Evil” (2020). His debut film “And Me, I`m Dancing Too” (2023) received the “Crystal Bear” at the Berlinale.

The Red Suitcase
Lux 2022 18 min
Director: Cyrus Neshvad
With: Nawelle Evad, Sarkaw Gorani, Céline Camara, Anne Klein
Farsi with English subtitles.

The Oscar-nominated short film follows a veiled 16-year-old Iranian girl who is afraid to take her red suitcase off the baggage carousel at Luxembourg Airport. “The Red Suitcase” was made – already in 2021 – within six days at Findel Airport.



Cyrus Neshvad fled with his family from Iran to Luxembourg at the age of five. Film studies in Montpellier and Paris were followed by several successful short films, an intermezzo as a real estate agent and, in 2023, an Oscar nomination for “The Red Suitcase”.