YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS

(YALDA) Features
Director: Massoud Bakhshi 2020 89 Minutes Ages 18+
YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS Fri 02 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 09:00pm 89mins Reading Cinemas Newmarket
YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS Sat 03 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 05:50pm 89mins New Farm Six Cinemas
YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS Mon 05 Oct
SOLD OUT TIX AT VENUE ONLY 07:30pm 89mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre

On the eve of Yalda, the Iranian celebration of the Winter Solstice, convicted murderer Maryam appears on live reality television to beg for the forgiveness that will save her life.

Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Drama at Sundance, Yalda confronts morality and sensationalism in the new media age. After Maryam Komijani (Sadaf Asgari) kills her husband, her fate lies with the viewers of TV sensation Joy of Forgiveness. Guided by Iranian law, her husband’s adult daughter Mona (Behnaz Jafari) must decide whether Maryam’s life is worth saving from the death penalty, and if familial friction can be cast aside for mercy. Tehran’s sweeping cityscapes are juxtaposed by the confined studio spaces, stressing the intersection of inner turmoil and public exhibitionism in this tense meditation on religion, culture and gender.

Australian Premiere

Details

Year:2020
Classification:Ages 18+
Country:Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Lebanon
Language:Farsi, with English subtitles
Director:Massoud Bakhshi
Producer:Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
Cast:Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaee, Forough Ghajebeglou, Fereshteh Hosseini
Script:Massoud Bakhshi
Program strand:Features
Rights:Pyramide Films