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.
"Filmed on the sly in the streets of Iran, My Tehran for Sale gives an unauthorized peek at the oppressive Muslim state's underground scene and the muted rebellion of its youth. As such, it scores points for freshness and innovation." -Hollywood Reporter
"Enhanced by a wonderful score that includes works by contemporary Iranian musician Mohsen Namjou, the aches and triumphs of Marzieh's story show us another side of Iran's culture – one that we need to see." -Dallas Film Festival
My Tehran for Sale is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Farsi with English subtitles.
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'My Tehran for Sale' is an interesting, unique co-production between entities in Iran and Australia. The story - involving elements of both countries - reflects aspects of the personal history of writer/director, Granaz Moussavi. A native Tehrani, Ms. Granaz emigrated to Australia along with her family in 1997. She's a graduate of Sydney's Australian Film TV and Radio School.
Using that unique background, Ms. Moussavi has created the story of Marzieh (Marzieh Vafamehr), a Tehrani-based avant garde actress stealthily performing her art beneath the noses of authority. A happenstance encounter with Saman (at a rave brutally broken up by the Basij), an Iranian with Australian citizenship, leads to a quickly blossoming romance and a possible path to Australia for Marzieh.
The need for that path becomes more desperate when Marzieh learns of a grave illness afflicting her. Attempting to lean on support from Saman, he reacts badly and abandons her. Yet interspersed...
Artful film about Marzieh who is a young actress who is trying to get an application for asylum going while working on getting her background in art recognized and is recounting struggle throughout.
During these flashback sequences she meets an Australian at a rave club party and they plan to relocate to Adelaide in Australia. There is a scene where she is looking for her father only to be told he would kill her and so she eventually applies for political asylum as she is involved in a generation of contradictions and has to deal with their unsympathetic nature.
Director Granaz Moussavi, who has admitted in interviews to the film being a patchwork of incidents partially fictional and partially autobiographical, brings an astonishing authenticity to her feature film debut. Using lively, largely hand-held cameras, Moussavi's film carries an unmistakable documentary feel, making the subject matter of her film in tune with even more urgent realism and credibility...
While the story behind the movie is courageous, that doesn't make the movie itself a great movie. It's an OK movie which offers insights into modern Iran to those of us who have never experienced it - and who, I hope, never experience anything like it.
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