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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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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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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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Jouwani
Written by Mahdyar Aghajani
Performed by Mahdyar Aghajani and Bahman Ghobadi
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what is great in this movie
14 November 2010 | by (Lebanon) – See all my reviews

Outstanding; Iran's got SOME TALENT! all the music is smart, rich and exotic.The image!! JUST PERFECT! Such a GREAT FILM!I loved the choice of rushes along with the songs. Bahaman Ghobadi! You became one of my idols along with kiarostami !! The cast: I have a problem with Negar. She really has to show some more feelings and energy in her acting she has a weaker singing voice than all the rest of musicians. She needs to work on her articulations and her voice. Ashcan was good, Nader was off the hook, amazing! All the bands are Great however 2 musical performances gave me goose bumps: Mirza band's Emshab and Rana Farhan's Drunk with love. The movie is a success and is worth all the prizes it won. Iranian cinema is a school itself. Not only i have respect to the cinema in Iran, after watching this movie I got captivated by the exotic and rich music they have. Censure and prohibition in their case helped their works and they were strong enough to rise above and come up with such exquisite art full of taste, feelings and professionalism. Thumbs up Iran!


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