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Date of birth:
1970, Teheran, Iran
Shalizeh Arefpour & Naghmeh Samini
Alireza Kohan Deyri
A headstrong Iranian adolescent falls in love with an illegal Afghan worker in the concise social-problem drama "Heiran," the first fiction feature from documaker Shalizeh Arefpour.
Tale's poignant expression of parental hopes, fears and disappointments will strike a universal chord. Marking the debut of a female directing talent, as well as the last performace by legendary thesp Khosro Shakibai, here playing a gruff but kindly grandfather, the good-looking, well-acted pic should suit offshore fests and ancillary.
Heiran (2009) - Trailer
High schooler Mahi (Baran Kosari) lives with her extended family on a farm in northern Iran. After meeting poor but dignified Heiran (Mehrdad Sedighian) on the bus, she won't consider any other suitors. Her parents, refugees from Abadan, are horrified, as they want her to go to college and make a better life for herself.
But the lovesick girl pursues the orphaned youth to Tehran, where they wed in spite of her family's opposition; Heiran gives up his student visa, and soon falls victim to the overwhelming challenge of trying to make ends meet as an illegal worker.
Gorgeous lensing in autumnal tones adds to the story's melancholy mood, as does the lush score. (Summary by ALISSA SIMON)
Cast: Baran Kosari, Mehrdad Sedighian, Khosro Shakibai, Farhad Aslani, Zhahleh Sameti, Fouzhan Arefpour, Mohsen Mokari.
Heiran Behind The Scene
Camera (color): Hossein Jafarian;
editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab;
Director Of Photograghy: Hossein Jafarian
Costume and Set Designer: Amir Esbati
Make up: Mehrdad Mirkiani
music: Alireza Kohan Deyri;
Sound Recorder: sasan Nakhaei
Sound Mix: Hossein Mafi
Assistant Director: Behrooz shoeibi
Executive Producer: Nava Rohani
Director Adviser: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Investors: EnBank, Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC)
Producers: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad , Jahangir Kosari
Production Of: Cinema 79 Co.
Reviewed on DVD, Chicago, May 31, 2009. (In Cannes Film Festival -- market; Fajr Film Festival.)
Running time: 86 MIN.
Read a review on this movie here
Selected filmography of Shalizeh Arefpour
- Heiran (2009)
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