9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Today (2015 Feature Film)

Reza Mirkarimi | Iran | 2014 | 87 min | Farsi

A taxi driver unexpectedly becomes the most important person in the life of a very pregnant woman who gets into his taxi in a panic. He speeds off to the hospital and there becomes embroiled in a complex situation. A moving drama about compassion in the best Iranian tradition.

Youness was basically on his lunch break. But when the very pregnant, panicky and wounded Sedighe gets into his taxi, he takes her to hospital after all. Not for the money, but because it’s the right thing to do. But in hospital he is held responsible for the woman he brought in. Iranian law does not allow for any extramarital relationships and Sedighe has no husband.

And so Youness remains silent. For as long as he can, he avoids the choice between two moral evils. If he confirms he is her husband, he will be held responsible for her broken rib and illegitimate child. If he denies, she will lose her child. How long can he keep up his help for her if his society works against him in everything?

Reza Mirkarimi sketches the internal battle of the taciturn Youness in a subtle drama, the official Iranian Oscar submission for 2015. His realistic style is filled with subtle symbolism for the alert listener.

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 26 March 2015

Time: 14:15

Duration: 1:45

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 28 March 2015

Time: 22:15

Duration: 1:45

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 29 March 2015

Time: 17:00

Duration: 1:45

Year in
Festival

2015

Director

Reza Mirkarimi

Camera

Houman Behmanesh

Cast

Parviz Parastui
Soheila Golestani
Shabnam Moghadami

Country

Iran

Editor

Reza Mirkarimi

Language

Farsi

Length

87 min

Music

Amin Honarmand

Producer

Reza Mirkarimi

Production Company

iFilm Production

Production Design

Marjan Golzar

Sales

DreamLab Films

Scenario

Reza Mirkarimi
Shadmehr Rastin

Sound Design

Alireza Alavian

Year of Production

2014

Website

Reza MIRKARIMI (1966, Iran) volgde een opleiding grafische vormgeving aan de universiteit van Teheran, voordat hij zich vanaf de late jaren tachtig op film stortte. Hij maakte diverse korte films en televisieseries, en in 1999 maakte hij zijn speelfilmdebuut met The Child and the Soldier, dat succes had op diverse internationale (kinder)filmfestivals. Today (2014) is zijn zevende speelfilm.

 

Filmography

(selection) For Him (1987, short), A Rainy Day (1990, short), A Rooster (1991, short), Koudak va sarbaz/The Child and the Soldier (1999), Zir-e noor-e maah/Under the Moonlight (2000), Inja cheraghi roshan ast/Here, a Shining Light (2002), Kheili dour, kheili nazdik/So Close, So Far (2005), Be hamin sadegi/As Simple as That (2007), Ye habe ghand/A Cube of Sugar (2011), Emrouz/Today (2014)