The Paternal House

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    The Paternal House

    Khanéh Pedari

    Directed by



    105 min

    • Farsi


    Venice IFF - Orizzonti

    Eighty years ago, for some moral issues, a man, together with his own son, kills his own daughter and buries her at the basement of their house. This hidden grave is simply tied to the next generations of the whole family and turns to be a restraining factor.


    • Best Film - Iranian Film Critics and Screenwriters Guild Celebration


    Mehdi Hashemi
    Shahab Hosseini
    Mehran Rajabi
    Nasser Hashemi
    Nazanin Farahani
    Mina Sadati
    Massoumeh Bafandeh
    Negah Khaghani
    Mojdeh Hamrang
    Setareh Mirmohammad
    Padina Rahnama
    Moeinodin Oshaghi
    Kianoosh Ayyari
    Dariush Ayyari
    Kianoosh Ayyari
    Behzad Abdi


    The director boldly engages the story through only two environments, in and out, with respect to the wall.

    Emanuele Di NicolaRating: 6.5 , Gli Spietati

    Kianoosh Ayyari

    Kianoosh Ayyari


    Born in 1951 in Ahvaz (southwest of Iran), Kianoosh Ayyari was captivated by film from an early age. He first filmed on 8mm and, during the 1970s, was one of the most distinctive figures of the country’s Free Cinema movement. As an amateur director he made a whole series of films awarded at domestic and international festivals. Ayyari’s debut feature film was made after the revolution, THE MONSTER (1986), which received the Best Director Prize of Fajr festival. Ayyari’s BEYOND THE FIRE (1988) brought him an international recognition and bagged FIPA D’Or and SACD’s Silver Prize of FIPA '89, Prize of Best Film at Japana’s TV Films Festival in 1990 and Brugge Film Festival in 1991. And his once banned film; THE ABDANIS (1993) faced great success in the international scene and gathered Silver Leopard of Locarno '94 and best film prize of Aubervilliers '98. TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1998) has been awarded several prizes at the annual festival of Iranian film figures as well as the Best Script Award of Cairo '98 and Zanzibar Festival’s Best Film Award. He directed IRANIAN SPREAD in 2003 which was a new experience in his narrative cinema and it was premiered at Karlovy Vary the same year. Kianoosh Ayyari's TV series, A Thousands Eyes (2002) brought him a great recognition in this media and it was considered the best Iranian TV series in post-revolutionary era by critics. His next film, WAKE UP AREZOO, (2004) has been one the most difficult ventures in his career as the team started filming a few days after Bam earthquake in real locations with real people whose feelings had a great impact on the film as well. Mr. Ayyari was involved in making another big TV project, DR. GHARIB'S TIME from 2002 to 2008. THE PATERNAL HOUSE was completed in 2012 and premiered at Venice but it was kept in shelves for two years and then it was screened at Tehran’s Fajr Film Festival in 2014. Kianoosh Ayyari’s films have collected more than 50 national and international awards.