Tehran Taboo

Tehran Taboo
  • 2017
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ali Soozandeh
  • Cast: Farhad Abadinejad, Jasmina Ali, Rozita Assadollahy
  • UK release: 5 October 2018

The story of four Tehran residents, in which men, religious or otherwise, have the freedom to indulge their every nasty vice. Soozandeh makes the bold choice of using rotoscoping techniques to depict a city pulsing with secrets, lies and trauma, resulting in a study of Iranian sexual politics that would likely have been impossible to make in Iran itself.

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2017 | 96 mins | Dir: Ali Soozandeh | Cast includes: Ali Soozandeh, Jasmina Ali | Cert: 15

In this stunning drama from Ali Soozandeh the lives of several Iranian women and one male musician intersect as they struggle with the strict religious laws of Tehran. As they rebel against prohibitions and break taboos, the double standards within the city become increasingly restrictive. Through rotoscope animation Soozandeh paints a portrait of contemporary Tehran unlike any other.

A Persian-language film with English subtitles.

★★★★ Roger Ebert

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Tehran Taboo

1 Oct 20184 stars

Bold and astute Iran-set animation, from debut helmer Ali Soozandeh

With its bold stylistic approach and astute narrative, animation Tehran Taboo is a rousing debut from Iranian-born filmmaker Ali Soozandeh. Now residing in Germany, Soozandeh utilises an effective rotoscoping technique in order to present a study of…

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