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No One Knows About Persian Cats -- Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert ... and the visa that allows them to leave Tehran to do so.
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Bahman Ghobadi (screenplay)
Hossein Mortezaeiyan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 December 2009 (France) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Negar Shaghaghi ... Negar

Ashkan Koshanejad ... 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)
Mohammad Abdizadek
Golriz Khaleghi
Golnaz Khaleghi
Sima Bahramsari
Asal Mohsenin
Sara Roozbahani
Ghazaleh Rashidi
Maziar Khajian ... Mirza Band Member
Farshad Pasdar ... Mirza Band Member
Hichkas ... Himself (as Soroush Lashkari)
Soroush Farazmand ... Yellow Dogs Band Member
Siavash Karampour ... Yellow Dogs Band Member
Mina Khorami ... Yellow Dogs Band Member
Arian Naeini ... Nikaein Band Member
Afshin Katebi ... Nikaein Band Member
Peyman Esmati ... Nikaein Band Member
Arzhang Gharib ... Nikaein Band Member
Habib Sarreshtehdari ... Nikaein Band Member
Raana Farhan
Abrang ... Themselves
Free Keys ... Themselves
Mahsa Vahat
Marjan Vahat
Dara Daraei ... Darkub Band Member
Homayun Nasiri ... Darkub Band Member
Arash Vojdani ... Darkub Band Member
Hamed Seyyed Javadi ... Himself (as Hamed Seyed Javadi)
Mahdyar Aghajani

Bahman Ghobadi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Soroush Lashkary ... Hichkas
Bahman Ardalan ... Himself - the sound engineer (uncredited)

Directed by
Bahman Ghobadi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bahman Ghobadi  screenplay
Hossein Mortezaeiyan  screenplay (as Hossein M. Abkenar)
Roxana Saberi  screenplay

Produced by
Mehmet Aktas .... co-producer
Bahman Ghobadi .... producer
Roxana Saberi .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mahdyar Aghajani (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Turaj Mansuri  (as Touraj Aslani)
Film Editing by
Hayedeh Safiyari 
Production Design by
Bahman Ghobadi 
Production Management
Mohammad Abbasizadeh .... production supervisor
Behrooz Ghobadi .... production manager
Sahand Najmabadi .... assistant production supervisor
Arash Valinejad .... assistant production supervisor
Franzisca von Berlepsch .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Batin Ghobadi .... second assistant director
Sepehr Mikaeilian .... first assistant director (as Sepehr Mikailian)
Mehdi Pourmoussa .... assistant director (as Mehdi Pourmousa)
Sound Department
Bahman Ardalan .... sound designer
Bahman Ardalan .... sound mixer
Vahid Hajilur .... assistant sound engineer (as Vahid Hajilu)
Michael Kaczmarek .... sound re-recording mixer
Nezamoddin Kiaie .... sound engineer (as Nezamodin Kiaei)
Hosein Mafi .... assistant sound designer (as Hossein Mafi)
Visual Effects by
Onid Nejadnic .... credits (as Omid Nejadnik)
Max Marvin Kuper .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Hassan Aslani .... first assistant camera
Mohammad Davtalab .... camera operator
Alma Esmailzadeh .... still photographer
Bahman Ghobadi .... still photographer
Reza Golkalami .... camera operator
Amir-Hossein SedghiRad .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Ufuk Genc .... color grading
Shabnam Hosseini .... assistant editor
Kanran Jahadi .... assistant editor (as Kamran Jahedi)
Farbod Khoshtinat .... video editing
Hayedeh Safiyari .... video editing
Tobias Wiedmer .... post-production coordinator
Ufuk Genc .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mohammad-Taghi Shahsavari .... transportation
Other crew
Kavoos Aghaei .... behind the scenes footage
Samira Bahramsari .... continuity
Golriz Ehtiati .... public relations
Zoya Honarmand .... subtitles
Sepehr Mikaeilian .... program coordinator (as Sepehr Mikailian)
Rahmat Tamazi .... production assistant
Samira Bahramsari .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Schlockoff .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Peyvand Ahmadi .... thanks
Babak Amini .... thanks
Mehdi Aslani .... thanks
Mohammandreza Babagoli .... thanks
Mirdamad Clinic .... thanks
Mohsen Felahatkhah .... thanks
Pegah Ghaemi .... thanks
Mahmoud Ghaffari .... thanks
Homayun Ghanizadeh .... thanks
Abbas Ghazali .... thanks
Ani Ghelichian .... thanks
Amir Jaghtaei .... thanks
Saeed Jahangiri .... thanks
Kamal Kholili .... thanks
Ava Kiaei .... thanks
Monem Kosirlou .... thanks
Arash Labaf .... thanks
Gholan Mirzaei .... thanks
Shahabodin Mirzaei .... thanks
Massoud Molav .... thanks
Hamid Najafi .... thanks
Mirzaei Cattle Ranch .... thanks
Roxana Rezaei .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh" - Iran (original title)
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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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French visa # 124149.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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82 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
Catch these Cats, 12 September 2009
Author: corrosion-2 from United Arab Emirates

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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