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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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Drama | Music

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23 December 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Af Ehad Lo Shama Al Hatulim Parsiim  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$79,848 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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Trivia

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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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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Wonderful insight into the personal struggle for a little life in Iran
11 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This wonderful film feels more like half film and half documentary. We follow the main couple (Negar & Ashkan) as they hunt around to be able to get passports to enable them to get to London for a music gig and get away from Iran.

Their band plays Indie Rock music and they take us through the underground landscape in Iran showing us a metal band and other alternative bands who have to play their music hidden from the authorities (who otherwise would jail them and take away their instruments).

The music is surprisingly quite brilliant and you will empathise with the musicians. One of the best parts of the films is a rap song done by a local artist which takes us on a journey through life in Tehran showing us life at street level for people there. It was worth it alone.

As for acting and story, it's very good and simple. You see the frustration of all as they fight to live a free life in an atmosphere of fear. You can just feel the tension at times. Our leads really never over do it as could have been the risk in such a movie, but they are very ably assisted by a wonderful vast myriad of characters in the film which never seem to step on each others toes. It's like you have just met the whole family.

It's a terrific film and very enlightening. It's also very humbling, and one I would recommend you give a chance. Definitely more deserve to hear about the Persian Cats.


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