7 Must-Watch Films From Iran

Team FC

Breathe (2016) 

Directed by Narges Abyar, this is a film that tells the story of Bahar, a young girl who loves to read and live in her own fantasy world. Set in the 70s, this story explores how Bahar and her family navigate the disturbance caused by the war with Iraq.

A Separation (2011) 

This film directed by Asghar Farhadi, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, being the first Iranian film to win the award. Following an unfortunate incident, it explores the dynamics between a couple that is separated and their daughter.

This Is Not A Film (2011) 

This is a documentary film directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. This is a simple 75 minute documentary, partially shot on an iPhone that documents the filmmaker's time and thoughts while under house arrest and banned from making films. 

Ten (2007) 

This film directed by Abbas Kiarostami is a cultural and social exploration of the people in Tehran. The film is a compilation of ten conversations between a female driver and the various people she meets while driving around the city.

20 Fingers (2004) 

Directed by Mania Akbari, this film has 7 different set ups of a couple talking. Each set up is a long take of the two discussing matters of concern like their Iranian culture, gender roles, jealousy, adultery, homosexuality and abortion. 

The Color of Paradise (1999) 

This film by Majid Majidi is the story of Mohammed, a blind 8 year old boy. This film explores the world as Mohammed sees it, there is unconditional faith that this film expresses through the love of family and the kindness of others. 

A Taste of Cherry (1997) 

This film directed by Abbas Kiarostami, is a gentle and yet heartbreaking film. The story is of an Iranian middle aged man, who drives in his car the entire day, looking for somebody to bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.

Thanks For Reading!

Fallen Leaves Movie Review