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No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
"Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh" (original title)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Negar Shaghaghi ...
Negar
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Ashkan (as Ashkan Koushanejad)
Hamed Behdad ...
Nader
Babak Mirzakhani ...
Mirza Band Member
Kosh Mirzahi ...
Yellow Dogs Band Member (as Kourosh Mirzaei)
Pouya Hosseini
Arask Farazmand
Shervin Najafian ...
Shervin
Ali Rahmani
Ebrahim Asghan
Kamran Ahangari
Mina Bolouriani
Melahat Masoumi
Mehdi Barikani
Tabar Mehdi ...
(as Mehdi Tabar)
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Storyline

Negar and Ashkan, two young Iranian songwriters, decide to set up an underground band and look for other musicians to join them, but the authorities keep putting a spanner in the works. Fed up with being hindered from expressing themselves, the two young people try to get documents to leave the country for Europe. Written by Guy Bellinger

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23 December 2009 (France)  »

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Af Ehad Lo Shama Al Hatulim Parsiim  »

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$8,843 (USA) (16 April 2010)

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$79,848 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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The film was shot in 17 days, including night work. The two lead actors fled Iran after the last shooting day. During filming, Ghobadi and his actors were arrested twice but released after giving presents to the authorities and lying about the real subject of the film. See more »

Goofs

Hamad Sevved sits down carrying a crying kitten and a mother cat jumps up on a chair nearby. In the next shot the mother cat is in Hamad's lap, jumping down. She comes back and takes the kitten away, but in the next shot Hamad has the kitten again in his lap. See more »

Quotes

Babak: You've made it big. I hear you were on MTV. They talked about the concert - "blood-drinking and devil-worshipping..."
Negar: That's how they work. They try to smear musicians and lock them up.
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Catch these Cats
12 September 2009 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Once in a while comes along a movie which transcends the medium's boundaries and sets new standards. Bahman Ghobadi's remarkable and riveting new film is one of these rare examples. Made in only 17 days and without a permit, "Persian Cats" is guerrilla film making at its best. It is a faux-documentary, in style of Kiarostami's Close-Up & Panahi's Offside, about the underground music scene in Iran. It is really about the universal power of music and the passion of the youth which know no boundaries. We see that Iranian musicians go to any lengths to defy censorship and restrictions to play their music. They do not need concert halls. They play anywhere: from metro stations to cow sheds and for anyone who wants to listen. Music and lyrics for the young Iranians has become a desperate, but at the same time powerful, means of expression and communication with the world at large. The music played in the film is very powerful and its range is quite remarkable. We see bands playing jazz, pop, heavy metal, rap and singing in both Farsi and English. Ghobadi's film manages to convey all the passion, energy, anger and hope that is contained in these music. It is a brave, and undoubtedly controversial film (specially with the the two leads seeking asylum in the west and Kiarostami denouncing the film), made with so much passion that the viewers can not remain unmoved. It is masterfully directed and photographed and brilliantly edited. A masterpiece which is certain to become another milestone in the history of Iranian and world cinema. Absolutely unmissable.


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