Tales

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    Tales

    Ghesse-ha

    Directed by

    Iran

    2014

    88 min

    • Farsi

    Drama

    Toronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

    Communication breakdowns and struggles for dignity punctuate the many elements of Rakhshan Banietemad’s trenchant new feature. From a bureaucrat who spouts inanities and ignores an elderly petitioner pleading for medical care to a group of factory workers kept from protesting the shutdown of their place of employment, the film brings together several distinct stories that add up to an overwhelming whole. Two of the segments, riffing on Kiarostami, take place in vehicles and involve long conversations fraught with meaning while another particularly tense section depicts an abusive husband demanding to see his wife. Misunderstandings, desperate acts and drug addiction are all portrayed with great compassion and an unflinching eye. With TALES, she sounds the alarm for the immense difficulties encountered by the working class—especially women—in Iran and assembles a cast of veteran actors including Golab Adineh, Mehdi Hashemi and Peiman Moadi. “There’s no decency here,' moans the old man to the bureaucrat mentioned above; hopefully, this film, by identifying and portraying societal problems in so refined and moving a manner, will go some way toward rectifying such circumstances for the future.

    Awards

    • Best Screenplay - Venice IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Fatemah Motamedaria
    Peyman Moaadi
    Baran Kosari
    Farhad Aslani
    Mohammadreza Forootan
    Golab Adineh
    Screenplay
    Rakhshan Banietemad
    Farid Mostafavi
    Cinematography
    Koohyar Kalari
    Editing
    Sepideh Abdolvahab
    Music
    Siamak Kalantari
    Production
    KANOON IRAN NOVIN
    Sales
    NOORI PICTURES

    Press

    The script excels at dialogue negotiating the male-female divide.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Rakhshan Banietemad

    Rakhshan Banietemad

    Iran

    Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was born in Tehran and is considered by many to be Iran’s preeminent female filmmaker. Her work has tackled controversial issues such as the struggles single women face trying to earn a living in Iran. She began her career making documentaries for television before moving into narrative features, including THE BLUE-VEILED (1995), which won a Bronze Leopard at FF Locarno, and UNDER THE SKIN OF THE CITY (2001).