First show: March 02
“A beautifully rotoscoped drama with intertwining stories set against the cognitively dissonant clash of Iran’s strict, theocratic society and the every-day realities of sex, drugs and corruption.” – Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times
“A spellbinding animated journey into the underbelly of Iranian society.” – E. Nina Rothe, The Huffington Post
“Visually striking. This wily account of 20-something Iranians negotiating an assault course of laws and prohibitions to get their kicks fizzes with energy and bad behaviour.” – Wendy Ide, Screen International
“An audacious debut. Explore[s] the highly charged theme of sexual and personal freedom in Iran without salaciousness.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
In his feature film debut, writer, animator, director, and Expat Iranian Ali Soozandeh uses rotoscope animation to create an unprecedented portrait of contemporary Tehran, crafting a resplendently animated drama that provides incisive commentary about the hypocrisies of Iranian society. Tehran Taboo is an intersectional story about the lives of several obstinate women and a young musician. Though many citizens of Tehran take joy everyday in surpassing and breaking the many taboos and rules, women are still tragically oppressed and treated as second-class citizens. Throughout the film, young woman is forced to undergo an operation to “restore” her virginity, a prostitute is admonished to performed favors for a judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court for a favorable ruling, the wife of an incarcerated drug addict is refused the divorce required for her to live independently.
Soozandeh’s debut is audacious, exquisite, and searing. Tehran Taboo was an Official Selection of Cannes Critics’ Week and won the FIPRESCI Prize, which signifies the best debut at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
2018. Germany/Austria. 96 min. A Kino Lorber release.
Farsi with English Subtitles at all showtimes.
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