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"UNDER THE SKIN OF THE CITY" (Zir-e Pust-e Shahr)

Director: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Scriptwriters: R. Bani-Etemad, Farid Mostafavi
Director of Photography: Hossein Jafarian
Editor: Mostafa Khergheh-Poush
Sound: Asghar Shahverdi
Cast: Golab Adineh, Mohammad-Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari
Producers: R. Bani-Etemad, Jahangir Kosari
92min, Color, 35mm, 2000

Tuba, who works in a weaving factory, is carrying the burden of her husband and four children on her shoulder, trying to make a better life for her children, what she couldn’t have so far. Her eldest son Abbas is so worried about the mother and is searching for a better work, hopeful for a better condition for the family, but he makes the family’s condition worse.

BIOGRAPHY

Rakhshan Banietemad, born in 1954 Tehran, began to make documentaries for the Iranian National Television in 1979, right after graduating from the University of Dramatic Arts, Tehran. From 1979 to 1987 she focused on making only documentaries. In 1987, she directed her first feature film Off the Limits. In 1991, she became the first woman recipient of the Best Director award for Nargess at Fajr International Film Festival in Iran. In 1995, she won the Bronze Leopard for The Blue Veiled at the Locarno Film Festival. Under the Skin of the City, her next film, was the highest grossing film in Iran in 2000. This film along with Gilaneh (2005) and Mainline (2006), garnered major awards in more than 50 film festivals.

While Banietemad’s feature films have been acclaimed and honored worldwide, her documentaries have also been successful and popular internationally. Our Times …, was the first documentary ever to be released in the movie theatres in Iran in 2002. It was also screened in highly prestigious and prominent festivals and TV channels such as IDFA, Sundance Film Festival and ARTE.

Banietemad started her work by making documentaries and has never ended the strong connection she has always had with her works. Making documentaries have been her main way of connecting with the society and social issues. Her approach and in depicting social issues has been so strong and effective that her works have always resulted in causing change in the lives of her documentaries' characters.

In 2008, she received an honorary doctorate from University of London, in 2010, she was awarded the Prix Henri Langlois from Vincennes International Film Festival. Her latest feature film, Tales, was awarded the Best Screenplay prize in the main competition section of 2014 Venice International Film Festival.

More recently, she has joined the Academy Oscar, Writers branch in 2017.

FILMOGRAPHY

  • THE CULTURE OF CONSUMPTION
  • OCCUPATION OF MIGRANT PEASANTS IN CITY
  • THE WAR ECONOMIC PLANNING
  • CENTRALIZATION
  • THE 1992 REPORT
  • SPRING TO SPRING
  • WHOM DO YOU SHOW THESE FILMS?
  • THE LAST VISIT WITH IRAN DAFTARI
  • WE ARE HALF OF IRAN’S POPULATION (2009)
  • OFF THE LIMITS
  • CANARY YELLOW
  • FOREIGN CURRENCY
  • NARGESS
  • THE BLUE VEILED
  • THE MAY LADY
  • BARAN & THE NATIVE
  • UNDER THE SKIN OF THE CITY
  • OUR TIMES...
  • GILANEH
  • MAINLINE
  • ANGLES OF THE HOUSE OF THE SUN
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Feature
  • Feature
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  • Feature
  • Feature

 

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  • 23rd Moscow Int’1 Film Festival (2001/ Russia)
    Winner of The Grand Jury Prize
  • Karlovy Vray Film Festival (2001/ Czech Republic)
  • Montreal World Film Festival (2001/ Canada)
  • Toronto Film Festival (2001/ Canada)
  • Film From the South Festival (2001/ Denmark)
  • Fukuoka Int’1 Film Festival (2001/ Japan)
  • Vancouver Int’1 Film Festival (2001/ Canada)
  • Mill Valley Film Festival (2001/ USA)
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts (2001/ USA)
  • The Film Center of Chicago (2001/ USA)
  • Films From the South (2001/ Norway)
  • Slovenian National Cinematheque (2001/ Slovenia)
  • Viennale Int’1 Film Festival (2001/ Austria)
  • Tokyo Int’1 Film Festival (2001/ Japan)
  • London Film Festival (2001/ England)
  • Thessaloniki Int’1 Film Festival (2001/ Greece)
  • Calcutta Film Festival (2001/ India)
  • Torino Film Festival (2001/ Italy)
  • Black Nights Film Festival (2001/ Estonia)
  • Goteborg Film Festival (2001/ Sweden)
  • Festival of Iranian Films in UCLA Film and TV Archive (2001/ USA)
  • Sundance Film Festival (2001/ USA)
  • Palm Spring Film Festival (2001/ USA)
  • Festival of Iranian Films in Rice University & Media Center (2001/ USA)
  • Seattle Int’1 Film Festival (Women in Cinema) (2001/ USA)
  • Rotterdam Film Festival (2001/ Netherland)
  • Portland Film Festival (2001/ USA)
  • Cleveland Film Festival (2002/ USA)
  • Rennes Int’1 Film Festival (2002/ France)
  • Festival of Iranian Films in Asia Society and Museum (2002/ USA)
  • Festival of Iranian Films in California Institute of the Arts (2002/ USA)
  • The Danish Film Institute/ Cinematheque (2002/ Denmark)
  • Das Iranische Wien (Oct.2014/ Austria)
  • Crime & Punishment Film Festival (30 Sept. – 6 Oct. 2016 / Turkey)

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Spotting List

 

1. Crime & Punishment Film Festival (30 Sept. – 6 Oct. 2016 / Turkey)

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