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The Orion (2010)
A student named Elham falls in love with likable Amir and loses her
virginity. But her lover doesn’t intend to marry her and so Elham finds herself
in a desperate situation.
When it comes out that the girl is no longer a
virgin, she and her former boyfriend end up in court.
According to tradition, there is only one
way Elham’s father can solve her unfortunate situation. Director Zamani Esmati
cogently spells out the hopeless position of an intelligent, educated woman in a
traditionally-structured Muslim society.
Behind the compelling
minimalist visuals of his psychological drama, shot in the best tradition of
Iranian cinema, the filmmaker questions what kind of society considers Elham’s
tragic story acceptable. Renowned director and screenwriter Jafar Panahi
contributed to this film as an editing consultant. -- KVIFF
Cast: Nasim Kiani, Mehrdad Sheykhi, Hamed
Baraghani, Mohamad Reza Farzad
Photography: Mansoor Heydari
Zamani Esmati, Jafar
Producer: Zamani Esmati
Production: Nama Honar
Karlovy Vary (Forum of Independents), London (World Cinema), Abu Dhabi
(New Horizons Competition)
Zamani Esmati interview Karlovy
guerrilla-shot drama is a searing indictment of the treatment of women in
certain sections of Iranian society.
Zamani Esmati's guerrilla-shot drama, made on the streets of modern day Iran,
is a searing indictment of the treatment of women in certain sections of that
Elham (Nasim Kiani) is a young student who loses her virginity
to astronomy professor Amir.
Terrified that their secret will come out,
Amir arranges a clandestine meeting for the couple with a backstreet doctor in
the hope that he will sew up her hymen and cover any traces of their unmarried
indiscretion. Things do not, however, run according to plan.
financed by Esmati and shot on location without seeking any official permits,
Orion is a dread-filled, admittedly rough- around-the-edges look into a twilight
Iran where threat and danger lurk beyond every corner.
elliptical, fragmented tale nevertheless carries unforgettable power, right
through to its bleak, ambiguous ending. -- BFI
About this movie
Title: The Orion (2010)
Directed by: Ali Zamani Esmati
Date of birth: 1973, Yazd, Iran
Writing credits: Ali Zamani Esmati
Runtime: 78 min.
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