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by Shirin Neshat


Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d’état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship. Acclaimed video artist Shirin Neshat makes her directorial debut with this incisive reflection on the pivotal moment in history that directly led to the Islamic revolution and the Iran we know today.

international title: Women Without Men
original title: Zanan-e Bedun-e Mardan
country: Germany, Austria, France
sales agent: Coproduction Office
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Shirin Neshat
film run: 95'
release date: SE 05/03/2010, IT 12/03/2010, GR 22/04/2010, NL 10/06/2010, GB 11/06/2010, DE 01/07/2010, DK 12/08/2010, BE 01/09/2010, NO 15/10/2010, PL 19/11/2010, ES 25/02/2011, FR 13/04/2011
screenplay: Shirin Neshat
cast: Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Shabnam Tolouie, Orsi Tóth
cinematography by: Martin Gschlacht
producer: Susanne Marian, Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober
production: Essential Filmproduktion, coop99, Coproduction Office
distributor: Bim Distribuzione, Eye Film Institute Netherlands Distribution, KMBO


main awards/selection

Venezia 2009 In Competition
Silver Lion for Best Director

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