After eight years of marriage, Maryam and Bashoo decide to get a divorce. But to keep their families from finding out, they continue to live together. In a society as traditional and religious as Iran, living together as an unmarried couple is not only illegal but also seen by many as a sin.
The director and his film crew make a journey through 150 years of Tehran’s history. They want to depict the changes from 19th century Qajar dynasty to today’s metropolis, but end up documenting the failure of their project humorously.
Kiarostami himself thought “Close to Kiarostami” was the best documentary that had been made about him. In this portrait, famous directors and actors like Juliet Binoche, Michel Piccoli, Bernardo Bertulocci, Theo Angelopoulos, and Youssef Chahine talk about Kiarostami.
Ghadir, a chemical plant worker, protesting against being unpaid for over a year, is arrested during a demonstration and imprisoned without trial. He is released one year later with no explanation given. On arriving home he finds out his daughter, Somayeh, has given birth out of wedlock and will not talk about the identity of her child’s father.
A young girl (Setareh) leaves her hometown in south of Iran for a half day trip with her girlfriends to Tehran to attend a close friend’s goodbye party without permission of her strict father. Her father Ahmad sets out to search for his daughter and is confronted by the ghosts of his own past. On her way back home hazy weather changes all she had planned.
When Mohsen kills his brother in a quarrel, the possibility of – in Iranian law stipulated – qisas (retaliation) comes to the forefront. Ghorbani orchestrated a family drama, which has only been made possible through the law of vendetta in Iran.
The Iranian Film festival in Cologne attaches great importance to the up-and-coming generation; we regularly present promising debut films. Quality and talent are already evident in the training. At Iranian Filmhochschulen high-quality documentaries and short films are produced. Together with the NAHAL-Studentenfilmfestival, we will be presenting extraordinary newcomer films.
Pari and Farhad are a middle-class family who are both involved in theatre and cinema. They love each other and are happy with their son, though Pari unwantedly becomes pregnant. Farhad insists on abortion but Pari believes the abortion is inhuman and cannot accept her husband’s idea. A baby, who has to possibly make a family life happier, causes some serious changes in their situation.
2500-year-old aqueduct of Qanate near Yazd (Sarkh) is considered an environmental UNESCO world heritage. Due to corruption and mismanagement the subterranean canals are not being maintained properly. Wastewater pollution is poisoning pure and clear water on its 84 km watercourse and causing its decay.