The Iranian movie “Heiran” by director Shalizeh Arefpur is to compete in international film festivals in Toronto.
A rural girl named Mahi falls in love with an Afghan migrant “Heiran” and marries Heiran despite her family’s disapproval.
Baran Kowsari, Mehrdad Sadiqian, late Khosro Shakibaii, Farhad Aslani and Jaleh Sameti star in the movie.
Director assistant Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, sound recorder Sasan Nakhaei, and screenwriter Arefpur and Naghmeh Samini are among the cast members.
“Heiran” was an entry to the 27th Fajr Film Festival and was nominated for best actress, best music and best director in the first feature film section. …
In a world where ethics have taken a back seat, this Persian tale of woe is quite re-freshing. Who would think virginal flirtations would stir such deep emotion when pro-miscuity barely even registers anymore in modern life? In Shalizeh Arefpour’s debut feature, a flower exchanged is practically a marriage vow, with fathers brooding and mothers upbraiding their offspring over the merest hint of romantic entanglement. In the Iranian countryside, a universe of autumnal fields and still waters, love ought to be the gateway to heaven. Instead, it’s the doorway to new dangers.
In the end, Mahi suddenly awakens to the harsh fact that love alone cannot conquer all. Faced with the cruelty and bitterness of reality and with fewer choices now in her grasp, Mahi bravely fights her final battle before retreating to memories of the past, where flowers were always in bloom and bicycle rides could last forever, just like love.
Shalizeh ArefpourShalizeh Arefpour was born in Tehran and studied at the Filmmaking Training Centre. She directed the short film The Shadow of Moon (04) and the documentaries Under the Skin of Rain (01), The Flower in the Dark (03) and Inside Me (04). Heiran (09) is her feature film debut.
Production Company: Sheherazad Media International
Executive Producer: Nava Rohani
Producer: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Screenplay: Shalizeh Arefpour, Naghmeh Samini
Cinematographer: Hossein Jafarian
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Sound: Sasan Nakhaei
Music: Alireza Kohan Deyri
Principal Cast: Baran Kosari, Mehrdad Sedighian, Khosro Shakibaei, Farhad Aslani, Zhaleh Sameti
Web Resource: Iran-Toronto