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No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)

Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh (original title)
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.


Bahman Ghobadi


Bahman Ghobadi (screenplay), Hossein Mortezaeiyan (screenplay) (as Hossein M. Abkenar) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Negar Shaghaghi ... Negar
Ashkan Koshanejad ... Ashkan (as Ashkan Koushanejad)
Hamed Behdad ... Nader
Babak Mirzakhani Babak Mirzakhani ... Mirza Band Member
Kosh Mirzahi Kosh Mirzahi ... Yellow Dogs Band Member (as Kourosh Mirzaei)
Pouya Hosseini Pouya Hosseini
Arask Farazmand Arask Farazmand
Shervin Najafian Shervin Najafian ... Shervin
Ali Rahmani Ali Rahmani
Ebrahim Asghan Ebrahim Asghan
Kamran Ahangari Kamran Ahangari
Mina Bolouriani Mina Bolouriani
Melahat Masoumi Melahat Masoumi
Mehdi Barikani Mehdi Barikani
Tabar Mehdi Tabar Mehdi ... (as Mehdi Tabar)


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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Take a tour through the Iranian underground music scene.


Drama | Music


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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 »


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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Fast & loose commentary on oppressive regime
3 April 2010 | by malcpSee all my reviews

Though tied together with a narrative string, this is really a largely humorous guided tour of the popular music scene in Iran and the blind idiocy of current restrictions and censorship. As usual in such circumstances, corruption thrives within local administration and the dictates of rigid ideology can be avoided by greasing the right palms or knowing the right people. The joke is that the musicians, though passionate and brilliant are not extreme political militants, they're more Bob Seger than Bob Dylan and their ambitions are not overthrowing the government, but playing their own kind of music. This involves numerous complexities such as frightening cows and waiting around for the miserable chap next door to go out for work. Filmed under less than ideal circumstances, the fact that the storyline, dialogue and acting is occasionally reminiscent of an early Cliff Richard film can perhaps be brushed aside. The humour and levity underline very serious issues and the music is fantastic. In my view the best musical documentary film since Buena Vista Social Club.

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Release Date:

23 December 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Af Ehad Lo Shama Al Hatulim Parsiim See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,843, 18 April 2010

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mij Film Co., Mitosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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