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KURDISH WESTERN: My sweet pepper land

Golshifteh Farahani
Directed by Huner Saleem

After "If you die, I'll kill you" ("Si tu meurs, je te tue" in French) Kurdish filmmaker Huner Saleem has teamed up with Golshifteh Farahani again in this modern-day western set in a Kurdistan that's emerging from years of civil warring. In this second film with the Iranian actress Saleem subtly juggles epic with intimate, the tragic with the comical. And while he borrows from the genre's ... more >

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The Patience Stone

The successful film adaptation of the namesake novel
Golshifteh Farahani and Hamid Djavadan
Directed by Atiq Rahimi

The Persian story goes, when your heart is filled with sorrow, find a patience stone or syngué sabour that will listen as you talk to it until it can take no more and bursts into pieces, lifting that weight from your shoulders and leaving you free. This well-known legend has been written up any number of times, including by Iranian novelist Sadegh Chubak, and filmed at least once, in 1968. It is ... more >

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[2011] VENICE MOSTRA – Chicken with plums

A disappointing second film by the Persepolis directing team

Marjane Satrapi’s “Poulet aux Prunes” (“Chicken with Plums”) is the French-Iranian filmmaker’s live-action adaptation of her namesake graphic novel. Co-directing once more with Vincent Paronnaud, who also worked on the 2007 film adaptation of “Persepolis,” Satrapi creates a fairly-tale 1950s Tehran as the backdrop for the story of Nasser Ali, a violinist (Satrapi’s uncle, or so she claims) who ... more >

Golshifteh Farahani

Iran's most recognizable actress lives outside her country
Known for "Body of Lies," "Chicken with Plums," "About Elly"
(b. July 10th, 1983)

Paris-The first thing you notice about Golshifteh Farahani is her eyes. They're large and project a gaze that at times reveals an uneasiness in the person. She wears almost no make-up, her only whim a pair of fashionable sunglasses which she quickly removes after sitting down in the Left Bank bistro where we met. I ask if she’s had time to enjoy Paris's vibrant cultural life and her face brightens ... more >