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Tehran: City of Love (12A*) + ScreenTalk with Director Ali Jaberansari

Poetry in Motion: Contemporary Iranian Cinema

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In a playfully observed interweaving triptych of individuals looking for love, Ali Jaberansari paints a picture of Tehran in all its incongruities and charm.

A triptych playing on the trope of unrequited love – a consistent subject of traditional Persian storytelling, promising young director Ali Jaberansari’s refreshing and original tale of the Iranian capital reflects on the fleeting nature of happiness, with note-perfect, deadpan humour that has echoes of Scandinavian cinema.

Hessam, a retired bodybuilder who trains affluent older men, is cast in a film with the French actor Louis Garrel – who neither he, nor anyone around him has ever heard of, though the producer assures him is extremely famous. Meanwhile, Mina is a receptionist at an up-market beauty clinic; unhappy about her weight but addicted to ice cream, she catfishes men she encounters at work. And after his girlfriend breaks up with him, Vahid, a singer at funerals, is convinced by his friends to try singing at weddings instead.

Iran/UK/Netherlands 2018 Dir Ali Jaberansari 102 min

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