Photography Exhibition

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Movement is the theme of the Photo Exhibition of the 2020 Edinburgh Iranian Festival. This year’s photo exhibition has been curated in response to the film season theme, which explores how men and women move through spaces, both public and private, in Iran.

Son-Mother

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Leila is a single working mum of two, living in sanctions-gripped Iran. The factory she works at faces a crisis and jobs are at stake. Kazem, the factory bus driver, proposes marriage to Leila, but she hesitates to accept his conditions.

Opening Ceremony & Reception

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

To celebrate the opening of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival, we will have a unique musical performance from the wonderful Daf’O’Dills, an all-ladies band from Scotland. The performance is part of the reception post screening of Son-Mother (2019), and will include a free drinks reception, courtesy of Diageo.

Finding Farideh

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Finding Farideh is a documentary about an Iranian who was adopted by a Dutch couple 40 years ago. Farideh travels to her motherland for the first time not only to find out about her Iranian identity and culture, but also to meet three families who claim to be her real family and undertake a DNA test with them...

Tehran: City of Love

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Three disenchanted characters: an ex-champion body-builder, an overweight beauty clinic secretary and a dispirited religious singer, yearn for love and connection in Tehran.

Leakage

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Crude oil comes out of a middle-aged woman’s body. On the one hand, it is empowering; on the other it brings uncertainty.

Cold Sweat

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Based on a true story, Cold Sweat is a riveting drama about an Iranian futsal champion, Afrooz, who finds herself unable to travel to the biggest match of her life without her husband’s permission.

Orange Days

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

When Aban, tough, self-sufficient, and the only woman contractor in the orange fields of northern Iran, beats out the male competition for a big job, the operation seems to get off to a rocky start. But Aban won’t let go without a fight.

Short Films curated by Majid Barzegar

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Short Films curated by Majid Barzegar: Chelleh: Davood Khayyam, Zona: Toofan Nahan Ghodrati, Cover: Vahid Alvandifar, Fault Line: Soheil Amirsharifi, Manicure: Arman Fayaz

Tala (Gold)

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

A group of friends decide to realise their dream of opening a small Tehran restaurant to earn a living. Mansour, having lost his regular job, now works as a private cab driver.

Women according to men

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

This well-researched documentary, with over 120 clips from archival films shot almost exclusively by male film-makers, portrays the domestic and social position of Iranian women from 1932 to the 1979 revolution.

The Warden

Filmhouse Cinema 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

A prison is about to be evacuated to make room for an airport expansion project. Colonel Jahed and his officers are busy transferring all inmates to the new facility, but one is missing...