SON-MOTHER (PESAR-MADAR) World Cinema

SON-MOTHER (PESAR-MADAR)

US Premiere

When Leila, a single working mother of two, is laid off from her factory job, she faces a choice: marry bus driver Kazem, a single father who is ardently pursuing her, or live with her children on the streets. The marriage proposal comes with a catch — due to Iranian custom, it is deemed improper for Leila’s twelve-year-old son Amir to share the house with a young step sister. Leila is convinced to marry Kazem and have her son temporarily boarded at a school for deaf children. At the school, Amir pretends to be deaf and unable to speak, awaiting his mother to retrieve him.

First-time feature director Mahnaz Muhammadi brilliantly navigates this unsentimental critique of Iranian traditions and the impossible choices that they can impose. –Ken Jacobson

Mahnaz Mohammadi was born in Tehran. She is a filmmaker, actor and women’s rights activist. She has directed the short documentary WOMEN WITHOUT SHADOWS (2003) and the feature documentary TRAVELOGUE (2010). SON-MOTHER is her fiction feature debut.

Cosima Finkbeiner
Beta Cinema GmbH
Cosima.Finkbeiner@betacinema.com

Details

Country: Iran

Year: 2019

Director: Mahnaz Mohammadi

Screenwriter: Mohammad Rasoulof

Producers: Kaveh Farnam, Mohammad Rasoulof, Farzad Pak

Director of Photography: Ashkam Askhani

Editor: Mohammadreza Muini

Music: Amir Molookpour

Cast/Featuring: Raha Khodayari, Mahan Nasiri, Reza Behboodi, Maryam Boubani

Running Time (minutes): 102 min

Language : Farsi

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