Persian Cinema

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1.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
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The Color of Paradise (1999)
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Mohamed, a young blind boy, returns to his rural home for the summer and yearns for his father's acceptance. (90 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
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Saint Petersburg (2010)
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A newly released prisoner and an ostensibly rich youth become aware of the place of the Russian Tsar's long lost treasure by a twist of fate. (120 mins.)
Director: Behruz Afkhami
 
4.
Women's Prison (2002)
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Spanning 18 years in an Iranian women's prison, this follows two women: the new prison warden, a tough... (106 mins.)
Director: Manijeh Hekmat
 
5.
Ten (2002)
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A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers. (94 mins.)
 
6.
I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old (2002)
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Fifteen year old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, refuses the unwanted attentions of carpet salesman Amir... (110 mins.)
 
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Taste of Cherry (1997)
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An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide. (95 mins.)
 
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Close-Up (1990)
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The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film. (98 mins.)
 
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The Runner (1984)
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Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until... (94 mins.)
Director: Amir Naderi
 
10.
Retribution (2010)
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After the execution of a man, his brother tries to find those responsible for the death of his brother. (109 mins.)
Director: Hassan Fathi
 
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The Glass Agency (1998)
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The Glass Agency is the story of a war veteran living in post war Iran. It depicts veterans who are suffering from social problems after the war... (114 mins.)
 
13.
So Close, So Far (2005)
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Dr. Alam, a very profiled specialist in neurology and a successful surgeon, is drowned in his professional and social work... (121 mins.)
 
14.
The Willow Tree (2005)
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Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before? (96 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
15.
M for Mother (2006)
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What appears to be a grand love story turns sour when parents-to-be discover that their unborn child will likely be born with serious birth defects... (113 mins.)
 
16.
Gold and Copper (2011)
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A Tehran mullah-in-training struggles to take care of his ailing wife and their children in this profoundly moving melodrama... (97 mins.)
 
17.
The Cow (1969)
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An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns. (104 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
18.
No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
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Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so. (106 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
 
19.
Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
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Lost and left behind in a foreign country after running away, a little boy whose family have been killed during the war is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Bahram Beizai
 
20.
Where is the Friend's Home? (1987)
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An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school. (83 mins.)
 
21.
Mother (1991)
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How a mother acts in the hardest parts of her, and her children's lives. (108 mins.)
Director: Ali Hatami
 
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In the Name of the Father (2006)
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This is about a father and his daughter who has been injured from the mines from Iran-Iraq war. (105 mins.)
 
23.
The Fish Fall in Love (2005)
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After 22 years, Aziz decides to return to his hometown, to sell some family possessions, including the house where he was born... (96 mins.)
Director: Ali Rafie
 
24.
About Elly (2009)
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The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. (119 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
25.
The Music Man (2007)
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Not being able to work because of the religious country's prejudice against music, a talented Santour player has to deal with poverty, addiction and the absence of his ex-wife. (107 mins.)
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
 
26.
Low Heights (2002)
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A domestic Iranian flight is taken hostage by a man Ghasem who is a refugee of war and has financial problems. He will go any distance for his family and wants to find a better place for living. (115 mins.)
 
27.
Duel (2004)
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The story of Zeinal, a man who after 20 years of being a POW, tries to clear up his past. (133 mins.)
 
28.
Moneyless (2009)
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A haughty acclaimed newly married fashion designer named Iraj is shown the door by his boss after the... (108 mins.)
 
29.
Leily Is with Me (1996)
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During the Iran-Iraq war, a television cinematographer, having financial problems, needs to get a loan... (95 mins.)
Director: Kamal Tabrizi
 
30.
Ravani (1997)
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Director: Dariush Farhang
 
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The White Balloon (1995)
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Several people try to help a little girl to find the money her mom gave her to buy a goldfish with. (85 mins.)
Director: Jafar Panahi
 
32.
The Scent of Joseph's Shirt (1995)
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Ghafoor is a Taxi Driver whose son is saying to be killed during war but he is refusing to believe it... (100 mins.)
 
33.
The Lizard (2004)
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A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a Mullah and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in the Mullah' role longer than he expected to. (115 mins.)
Director: Kamal Tabrizi