Yalda,  a Night for Forgiveness

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    Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness

    Directed by

    France, Germany, Iran, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Switzerland

    2020

    89 min

    • Farsi

    Drama

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    The spotlights and cameras are all in position. The moderator takes a last quick look at his notes. The final seconds of the intro ad roll by – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – and then the reality TV show goes live. Televised on the night of Yalda, of all days, a Persian celebration of the winter solstice. Tonight’s guest is Maryam, a young woman condemned to death. She is accompanied in studio by Mona, who has always been like a big sister to her. Maryam was living with Mona’s father in a temporary, marriage. Now she stands accused of his murder. In front of the camera and millions of viewers, Maryam is supposed to beg for forgiveness and her life. Alluding to a real, popular Iranian TV Show, the television studio serves as a stage for a chamber play that also explores the social dimensions behind the personal drama.

    Awards

    • Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic) - Sundance FF
    • Special Mention for Best Screenplay - Sofia IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Sadaf Asgari
    Behnaz Jafari
    Babak Karimi
    Screenplay
    Massoud Bakhshi
    Cinematography
    Julian Atanassov
    Editing
    Jacques Comets
    Sales
    PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    JBA PRODUCTION

    Press

    Iranian filmmaker Massoud Bakhshi focuses on one woman to highlight wider issues within a patriarchal society.

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    Massoud Bakhshi

    Massoud Bakhshi

    Iran

    Massoud Bakhshi was born and lives in Tehran. Between 1990 and 1998 he has worked as a film critic, scriptwriter and producer.
    He has made ten documentaries and one short film, which have received many prizes.
    His first feature film, A RESPECTABLE FAMILY, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival in 2012.
    YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS is his second feature, it was selected at the Berlinale Generation 2020.

    Selected Filmography