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Rakhshan Bani-Etemad – Tales #SydFilmFest

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The story of many people against the backdrop of the margins of Tehran.

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13 min. and 11 sec.

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad – filmmaker – Tales

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad talks about her outlook on Iranian’s society, her main source of inspiration to write the stories she tells. She also talks about the process of creating a feature film from a series of shorts to bypass government’s restriction on film making in Iran.

TALES: The film is made up of several loosely connected episodes, depicting people from many backgrounds at the margins of Teheran’s society: a taxi driver who tries to help a drug-addicted sex worker, a group of unemployed factory workers confronting government bureaucracy, a social worker running from the husband who disfigured her, and a documentary filmmaker are among those whose lives intersect. The brilliant dialogue strikes the perfect balance between drama and comedy, combining fascinating stories of loss and love.

  • Reporter
    Cristiana Palmieri
  • Guest
    Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
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  • Festival section
    Official Competition
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