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NNarrative Competition

Tales

Tales

Original Title: Ghesse-ha
Director: Rakhshan Banietemad
Iran | Farsi
2014 | 88min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
Theme: A
12+
Communication breakdowns and struggles for dignity punctuate the many elements of Rakhshan Banietemad’s trenchant new feature. From a bureaucrat who spouts inanities and ignores an elderly petitioner pleading for medical care to a group of factory workers kept from protesting the shutdown of their place of employment, the film brings together several distinct stories that add up to an overwhelming whole. Two of the segments, riffing on Kiarostami, take place in vehicles and involve long conversations fraught with meaning while another particularly tense section depicts an abusive husband demanding to see his wife. Misunderstandings, desperate acts and drug addiction are all portrayed with great compassion and an unflinching eye. Banietemad has been focusing on documentaries for the last eight years, and her return to the narrative form is an essential by-product of her immersion in nonfiction work. With Tales, she sounds the alarm for the immense difficulties encountered by the working class—especially women—in Iran and assembles a cast of veteran actors including Golab Adineh, Mehdi Hashemi and Peiman Moadi. “There’s no decency here,' moans the old man to the bureaucrat mentioned above; hopefully, this film, by identifying and portraying societal problems in so refined and moving a manner, will go some way toward rectifying such circumstances for the future. —Rod Armstrong

Director,  Rakhshan Banietemad

Director,  Rakhshan Banietemad

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was born in Tehran and is considered by many to be Iran’s preeminent female filmmaker. Her work has tackled controversial issues such as the struggles single women face trying to earn a living in Iran. She began her career making documentaries for television before moving into narrative features, including The Blue-Veiled (1995), which won a Bronze Leopard at Locarno, and Under the Skin of the City (2001).

Cast and Crew

Director
Rakhshan Banietemad
Cast
Fatemah Motamedaria, Peyman Moaadi, Baran Kosari, Farhad Aslani, Mohammadreza Forootan, Golab Adineh
Production Company
Kanoon Iran Novin
Sales Contact
Noori Pictures
Music
Siamak Kalantari
Producer
Rakhshan Banietemad
Screenwriter
Rakhshan Banietemad, Farid Mostafavi
Editor
Sepideh Abdolvahab
Cinematographer
Koohyar Kalari
Production Designer
Amir Esbati
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