Animated Drama TEHRAN TABOO, Focused on Sexual Hypocrisy in Iran, Has US Theatrical Premiere February 14, 2018, at New York’s Film Forum
I am fascinated glimpse from the imagination of Ali Soozanheh’s Tehran Taboo. It’s an animated dramatic film telling many stories of men, women and children living their lives in Iran. The Iranian-born Soozanheh has been living in Germany as an exile so was unable to film in Tehran itself so he instead decided to tell the story in animation.
TEHRAN TABOO had its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Critics’ Week than a competition slot at the Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival and will be premiering at the New York’s Film Forum on Wednesday, February 14th. It will be than be screened in San Francisco, CA, on March 2 (Roxie Theatre) and in Los Angeles, CA, on March 9 (at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 and Music Hall 3).
TEHRAN TABOO tells the story of contemporary life in Iran’s largest city from the view point of a woman having an operation to ‘restore’ her virginity, a Islamic Revolutionary Court divorce judge coercing sexual favors from a prostitute, a pregnant woman wishing to live independently by working and young women being trafficked (sold into modern slavery) as virgins to Dubai for sexual bondage.
This animated film shows a glimpse of those living under the Islamic regime where society’s rules and norms are built on religious law and misogyny in the modern world where people try to navigate living.
TEHRAN TABOO (2016, 96 mins.) Written and directed by Ali Soozandeh. Produced by Frank Geiger, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Mark Fencer & Armin Hofmann. Cinematography by Martin Gschlact. Edited by Frank Geiger & Andrea Mertens. Music by Ali N. Askin. Art direction by Ali Soozandeh. VFX Supervisors: Ali Samadi Ahadi & Christian “Pingo” Schiffler. Head of Digital Painting: Alireza Darvish. Lead Shading/Texturing Artist: Carlos Cursaro. With Elmira Rifizadeh (Pari), Zar Amir Ebrahimi (Sara), Arash Marandi (Babak) & Bilal Yasar (Elias). Germany / France / Austria. In Farsi with English subtitles. A Kino Lorber release.