Leila‘s Brothers (Baradarane Leyla)

Sunday, 1.10.2023, 19.00 hrs

Iran 2022 167 min
D: Saeed Roustaee
A: Taraneh Alidoosti, Payman Maadi, Navid Mohammadzadeh
Original with subtitles

Leila’s four adult brothers, unemployed and in debt, still live in their parents’ house. Forty-year-old Leila struggles to secure her siblings’ future by buying a store. To do so, she needs start-up capital, and the father also needs money to realize his dreams of social advancement in the extended family.

Roustaee’s gripping, twisty drama shows an Iran that is heading from one crisis to the next due to the sanctions imposed by the West, but also due to omnipresent corruption. With a star-studded cast, especially Taraneh Alidoosti, he succeeds in creating a highly suspenseful, masterfully staged family epic and at the same time a reckoning with the patriarchy.

Admission: 10€, reduced: 8€


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Saeed Roustae (1989* in Tehran) studied directing at Soureh Film University. His debut films “Life and a Day” (2016) and “Just 6.5” (2019) received international attention. His third feature film “Leila’s Brothers” screened in competition at Cannes, where it won the FIPRESCI award.