Documentary IR-NR 2020 82′
Director: Firouzeh Khosrovani
Languages: Farsi, French with English subtitles.
Firouzeh Khosrovani, the daughter of a secular father and a religious mother, tells the story of her parents. With the help of photos, letters, videos and fictitious conversations, we discover a European-Iranian love and life story: The enterprising father Hossein, a radiology student, brings the traditionally raised mother Tayi to Switzerland. She never really feels at home there – it is only back in Iran, in the years of the revolution, that she finds her own energy. The couple becomes more and more estranged from each other, the furnishings of their home, formerly a West-East smorgasbord, become increasingly sparse.
The family portrait becomes an X-ray of society, a symbol of modern Iranian identity.
For her sensitive, moving and artistically designed film, Khosrovani received the prize for best feature-length film at the Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival IDFA and the ReFrame Award for the most convincing use of archive material.