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by Ali Soozandeh


A single mother lives with her five-year-old, mute son in a high-rise area in the middle of the metropolis. In order to pay her rent and for the divorce from her jailed husband, she works as a prostitute but pretends to be a nurse on a night shift. She shares her secret with her pregnant neighbour, a bored housewife, who takes care of her son but also hopes to find a way out of her everyday life. A young music student also lives in the same neighbourhood but gets into trouble after a one-night stand with an 18-year-old virgin.

international title: Tehran Taboo
original title: Tehran Taboo
country: Germany, Austria
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 2017
genre: animation
directed by: Ali Soozandeh
film run: 90'
screenplay: Ali Soozandeh
cast: Arash Marandi, Alireza Bayram, Siir Eloglu, Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, Klaus Ofczarek, Payam Madjlessi
cinematography by: Martin Gschlacht
film editing: Frank Geiger, Andrea Mertens
art director: Ali Soozandeh
music: Ali N. Askin
producer: Ali Samadi Ahadi, Mark Fencer, Frank Geiger, Armin Hofmann
co-producer: Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
production: Little Dream Entertainment, coop99, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
backing: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Austrian Film Institute, German Federal Film Fund, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Vienna Film Fund, FISA, Hessische Filmförderung
distributor: Camino Filmverleih, ARP Sélection


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2017
Semaine de la Critique

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