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Tehroun - Téhéran (2009)|
Nader T. Homayoun
Date of birth:
27 November 1968
Mehdi Boustani, Nader Takmil Homayoun, Jean-Philippe Gaud
Stéphane Le Bellec, Christophe Julien
France | Iran
Ibrahim left his family to try his luck in Tehran. But in this asphalt jungle where everything can be bought and sold a dream can easily become a nightmare.
Involved into the traffic of new-born children, Ibrahim plunges into the city seedy areas, in Tehroun. This film noir gives a caustic portrait of modern Iran.
Sara Bahrami ... Zahra
Ali Ebdali ... Ibrahim
Farzin Mohades ... Fatah
Missagh Zareh ... Madjid
Cinematography: Rémi Mazet
Filming Locations: Tehran, Iran
Venice (International Critics' Week): Critics' Week Award, São Paulo, San Francisco (New Directors), Transilvania (Supernova), MIFF (FIrst Encounters)
In his feature film debut, Nader T. Homayoun exposes the seamier side of Iran through the lens of classic Hollywood film noir. Ibrahim, a newcomer to Tehran, is begging for money on the streets as a widower with a newborn—or so he claims.
Selected filmography of Nader T. Homayoun
The reality is that he has left his pregnant wife Zahra in the provinces in search of quick cash to support his growing family; the baby in his arms is a “rental” from a ruthless child trafficker who demands a cut of his daily profits.
Meanwhile, he lives in squalor with two hapless roommates. It seems things can’t get any worse—until Ibrahim makes the mistake of leaving the baby with one of them and it disappears, leaving him with no means of income and no explanation to give the gangster who now threatens his life.
An Iranian expatriate living in France, Homayoun is intimately familiar with Tehroun (to use the titular nickname of the Iranian capital) and its culture. On the pretext of making a documentary that would extol “the glory of Tehran,” Homayoun went undercover to shoot his narrative with handheld cameras in 20 days—capturing the gritty, claustrophobic despair of life in the slums. -- Joey Porcelli
Nader T. Homayoun Interview : Tehroun - Téhéran (2009)
- Tehroun - Téhéran (2009)
- Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution (2006) (TV)
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