BIFF 2020
Cinema Extraordinaire
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Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Yalda, la nuit du pardon
Frankrike / Tyskland / Sveits / Iran / Luxembourg/ 2019/ 1 t. 29 min.
LANGUAGE:
Farsi
UNDERTEKSTER:
engelsk
CAST:
Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadr Orafaee, Forough Ghajebeglou
DIRECTOR:
Massoud Bakhshi
WRITER:
Massoud Bakhshi
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Julian Atanassov
PRODUCER:
Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
An exhilarating Iranian drama about crime, punishment and forgiveness on live television

In YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS a young woman sentenced to death for the murder of her husband gets one chance at having her conviction overturned: By begging his relatives for forgiveness on live TV. Using this bizarre and very real form of Iranian television entertainment as a framing device, director Massoud Bakshi expertly ratchets up the tension, as the story behind the husband’s death is slowly revealed. The result is a remarkably suspenseful drama about the inherent misogyny of the religious laws which permeate Iranian society.

Massoud Bakhshi

Massoud Bakhshi (Iran) Filmography: A RESPECTABLE FAMILY (2012), OUR PERSIAN RUG (2010), TEHERAN HAS NO MORE POMEGRANATES (2007)