In this riveting, insider’s perspective on life in Iran’s capital city, Marzieh—a terminally ill actress—wearily relates her desperate quest for political asylum through a series of interviews with an unsympathetic government official. Beginning with details of her doomed relationship with an Iranian-born Australian and their plan to relocate to Adelaide, she recounts her struggle to work as an actress under Iran’s current regime, her hope for a future ultimately dashed by the devastating discovery of her illness, and her need to “escape” the only home she has ever known. Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving arts culture, and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran’s contemporary political climate.
Director/Screenwriter: Granaz Moussavi
Production: Cyan Films
Producer(s): Julie Ryan, Kate Croser, Granaz Moussavi
Granaz Moussavi was born in Tehran. She received a degree in screen studies from Flinders University in Adelaide and a postgraduate degree in film editing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, and is a doctoral candidate in film studies and filmmaking at the University of Western Sydney. She is the author of four collections of poetry and has directed and edited several short films and documentaries. My Tehran for Sale (2009) is her first feature film.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS2009
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection Selection, Pusan International Film Festival
Official Selection Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival