Maryam Moghaddam, Behtash Sanaeeha |
Iran, France, Sweden, Germany |
2024 |
97Min |
Mahin sleeps until late with her eye mask on, she likes pretty dresses with sheer underskirts, and gets teary-eyed watching soap operas. She could be a twenty-something influencer on TikTok, but she is a seventy-year-old Iranian woman whose husband died decades ago. She is becoming invisible, to her children who live abroad and to the world around her, until she follows a single, elderly taxi driver to the taxi stand and a beautiful friendship is born. They spend a night chatting, dancing, and drinking homemade wine, reconnecting with their youth which was spent in a country vastly different from the repressive Iran of today.
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Maryam Moghaddam, Behtash Sanaeeha

Maryam Moghaddam was born in Tehran. She is an actress, screenwriter and director. She graduated from the Performing Arts School of Gothenburg, Sweden and has performed in various Swedish theatres and has starred in Iranian films such as Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi’s Closed Cur-Tain (2013), which won a Silver Bear at the 63rd Berlinale. Behtash Sanaeeha was born in Shiraz. After completing his degree in architecture, he began writing scripts and directing short films, documentaries, and commercials. His first feature film Risk Of Acid Rain (2015) was screened at more than thirty international festivals. Behtash and Maryam began their collaboration by co-writing the feature film Risk Of Acid Rain (2015). Their film Ballad Of A White Cow premiered in Competition at Berlinale 2021. The film was sold by TOTEM FILMS to more than forty key distributors and screened at A-list festivals around the world.