Visions of Iran · Nov. 26—Dec. 13, 2020 · Online Edition

Dear guests,

On Sunday, December 13, at 4:00 pm, there will be a live talk with Ghasideh Golmakani and other filmmakers on Facebook as part of the short film program “Women in Iran”.

Dear viewers,
dear friends of the Iranian film,

It was an unusual year for us, too. First we had to move from our spring date to November. We wanted to use video chat to connect our guests, the filmmakers, who cannot visit us from the “risk area” of Iran, to the cinema – and we wanted to invite some of them who were in Europe at the time. But then everything was shut down and we decided at very short notice to put “Visions of Iran” online. So you can at least enjoy some “Iranian impressions” at home. And we will connect some filmmakers for online conversations. We are breaking new ground with this issue and look forward to your visit.

Your festival team


The films can be purchased up to 16.12. and streamed immediately – i.e. seen online. They are available for 48 hours after purchase.

Once a film has been rented, it can be watched as often as desired within 48 hours from this user account.

Coupon codes can be redeemed for one film at a time.

Attention: Just like in the cinema, the number of tickets is limited and it is advisable to access early – this also applies to holders of a festival pass.


Women in Iran: Short Films #1

Exam (15”), Absent Wound (10”) The Visit (14”), Grandad was a Romantic (5”), The Role (15”), The Toaster I Used to Live in (7”), Tangle (7”)

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So, 19:30, feature film

Numbness (Bi Hessi Mozeie)

The professional cynic and philosophy student Jahel lives together with his mentally unstable sister Mary, who suddenly enters into a marriage with the football-loving and apparently quite wealthy Shahrokh.

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So., 17:00 h, documentary


Ehsan Khoshbakht resurrects the era of Iranian popular cinema with his grip on the VHS archive and a tremendous amount of montage hard work.

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Sa., 19:30, feature film

The Alien (Namo)

The teacher Bakhtiyar was transferred to the Kurdish-speaking part of Iran. Social surveillance at home and at school makes it difficult for him and his family to arrive, especially as he does not want to simply submit.

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Sa., 17:00 h, documentary

None of Your Business (Va kas che)

The culture and history of the multicultural port city of Bandar Abbas is very different from that of central Iran. One of its most dazzling and tragic figures is the musician Ebrahim Monsefi.

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Sa., 15:00 h, documentary


2.5 million Afghans seek protection from war, misery and persecution in neighbouring Iran. Often without documents, they hope for a safer and better life – and sometimes a way to Europe.

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Sa., 13:00 h, documentary

The Unseen (Kaghazpareha)

Because of an upcoming state visit, the streets are “cleaned” of homeless people, sex workers and drug addicts and these are taken to special detention centres outside the city, deprived of their rights, dignity and freedom.

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Fri., 19:30, feature film

The Warden (Sorkhpoust)

Iran in the 1960s: In a wasteland in the south of the country, an old prison fortress is to make way for an airport. The ambitious Colonel Jahed supervises the eviction.

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