Iran, UK, The Netherlands – 2019
Directed by: Ali Jaberansari
Script: Ali Jaberansari, Maryam Najafi
DOP: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Cast: Forough Ghajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Amir Hessam Bakhtiar, Behnaz Jafari
Three disenchanted characters: an ex-champion bodybuilder, an overweight beauty clinic secretary and a dispirited religious singer, yearn for love and connection in a city that does not embrace them.
Born in Tehran, Iran in 1981, Ali moved to Vancouver, Canada in his teens. In 2008, after spending a year attending Abbas Kiarostami’s filmmaking workshop back in Tehran, he decided to follow his real passion for making films by studying at the London Film School. His graduation short film, AMAN (2011), was awarded the Cine+ prize at the Premiers Plans Film Festival in Angers, France and the MEO Best Student Film prize at Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. His feature film debut, FALLING LEAVES (2013), premiered at Montreal World Film Festival in 2013 and won the Federico Fellini Award for best international newcomer at Tiburon International Film Festival in California USA.
Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2019