International documentary

No One Knows About Persian Cats

Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh
Iran / 2009 / 106 min
Bahman Ghobadi
A refreshing trip to the illegal underground scenes of Teheran, from indie, to metal and hip hop

Bahman Ghobadi has turned to good old guerilla film tactics filming concerts and rehearsals by Iranian bands at ever shifting locations, as their music is banned by Iranian law. The film mixes documentary and fiction and follows a young girl and a young boy who are both fresh out of prison. They dream of leaving Iran and fight the bureaucracy over paperwork. The on-the-fly camera work looks good and adds a fresh feeling to a film full of humour and laughs on behalf of the absurdities of Iranian society.

Bahman Ghobadi

Bahman Ghobadi is a Kurdish Iranian film director who belongs to the so called "new wave" of Iranian cinema. He received a Bachelor of Arts in film directing from the Iranian Broadcasting College. After a brief career in industrial photography, he began making short 8 mm films. His documentary LIFE IN FOG (1993) won numerous awards. Ghobadi was assistant director on Abbas Kiarostami's THE WIND WILL CARRY US (1999). In 2000, Ghobadi founded Mij Film, a company with the aim of production of films in Iran about its different ethnic groups. His first feature film was A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES (2000), the first Kurdish film produced in Iran. For it, Ghobadi received the Caméra d’Or in Cannes. He has also received numerous prizes for his other films.