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Tales (Ghesseha)

What will lighten our dark night? An untimely love?!

Director& Producer: Rakhshan Banietemad
Screenplay: R. Banietemad, Farid Mostafavi
Production Designer: Amir Esbati
Director of Photography: Koohyar Kalari
Sound Recorder: Yadollah Najafi
Sound Mix: Amirhossein Ghassemi
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Music: Siamak Kalantari
Make-Up Designer: Mehrdad Mirkiani
Production Manager: Nava Rohani
Executive Producer: Kanoon Iran Novin
: Golab Adineh, Saber Abar, Farhad Aslani, Foojan Arefpoor, Bahareh Daneshgar, Mohammadreza Forootan, Shahrokh Forootanian, Babak Hamidian,Mehdi Hashemi, Negar Javaherian, Baran Kosari, Fatemeh Motamedaria, Peiman Moadi, Hassan Majooni, Habib Rezaei, Atefeh Razavi, Mehraveh Sharifinia, Khosro Shahraz, Rima Raminfar
Color, D-Cinema, 16:9, 88 min, 2014, Iran

"Tales" is the story of world's men and women's lives that always have to fight for getting their rights: filmmakers, workers, intellectuals, state employees, social workers, etc.
Will the light of love and hope lighten their lives?


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.



  • Off the Limits
  • Canary Yellow
  • Foreign Currency
  • Nargess
  • The Blue Veiled
  • The May Lady
  • Baran and the Native (part of the feature film Kish)
  • Under the Skin of the City
  • Gilaneh
  • Mainline
  • Tales


  • The Culture of Consumption
  • Occupation of Migrant Peasants in the City
  • The War Economic Planning
  • Centralization
  • The 1992 Report
  • Spring to Spring
  • To Whom Do You Show These Films?
  • The Last Visit with Iran Daftari
  • Under the Skin of the City
  • Our Times
  • Persian Carpet (segment)
  • Angels of the House of Sun
  • We Are Half of Iran's Population
  • I'll see you Tomorrow Elina
  • Kahrizak 4 Views

  • 1987
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1991
  • 1994
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2014

  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1992
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 2002
  • 2007
  • 2009
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2012

  • Venice Venice Int'l Film Festival (27Aug.-6 Sep 2014/ Italy)- Competition- Wins the Award for Best Screenplay
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival (5-15 Sep.2014/ Canada)
  • Film Fest Hamburg GMBH (25 Sep-4 Oct.2014/Germany)
  • Vancouver Int'l F.F. (25 Sep. - 10Oct. 2014/Canada)
  • Festival DO RIO (24 Sep.- 8Oct. 2014/Brazil)
  • Busan Int'l Film Festival (2-11Oct.2014/ South Korea)- Window on Asian
  • BFI London Film Festival (8-19 Oct.2014/ UK)
  • Viennale-Vienna Int'l Film Festival (23Oct.-6Nov.2014/Austria)
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival (23Oct.- 1Nov.2014/UAE)
  • Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival (31Oct- 9Nov.2014/ Greece)- Horizons
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival (5-16 Nov.2014/ Sweden)- Asian Images
  • Kolkata Int'l F.F. (10-17 Nov.2014/India) Competition- Winner of the award for best Film(Golden Royal Bengal Trophy)
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (14-30Nov.2014/Estonia)
  • Cultural Resistance Int'l F.F. of Lebanon (12-17 Nov.2014/ Lebanon)
  • Int'l Film Festival of India, Goa (20-30Nov.2014/ India)
  • Gijon Int'l Film Festival (21-29Nov.2014/Spain)
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards (11Dec.2014/ Australia) - Winner of the Award for Jury
  • Bengaluru Int'l Film Festival (4-11 Dec.2014/India)
  • Chennai Int'l Film Festival (18-25 Dec.2014/India)
  • Lincoln Film Center Fim Comment selection (Feb 20 & 22 /New York)
  • Belgrade International Film Festival (Feb 27-March 8 2015/Serbia)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center (Feb 28- March 1, 2015/USA)- Winner of the Audience Award
  • Center for Asian American Media (CAAMFest)(March 12- 22, 2015/ San Francisco CA)
  • Int'l Filmmor Women's Film Festival On Wheels (March 13-22, 2015/Turkey )
  • Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (March 21-28 2015/Italy)
  • Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival Society (March 23- April 6 2015/Hong Kong)
  • Italy Embassy in Singapore (8-13 April 2015/ Singapore)
  • Minneapolis St Paul Int'l Film Festival (April 9-25 ,2015/US)
  • Washington DC Int'l Film Fest. (16-26 April 2015/ US)
  • Ankara Int'l Film Festival (23rd April to 3rd May,2015/ Turkey)UCLA (26 April 2015/ US)
  • Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival (May 8-18, 2015 in Ankara / Turkey)
  • Bildrausch- Film Fest. BASEL (May 27-31 2015/Switzerland )
  • Kino Otok - Isola Cinema International Film Festival (June 3-7 2015/ Slovenia)
  • Shanghai Int'l FF (13-21 June 2015 / China)
  • Sydney Film Festival (June 3-14 2015/ Australia)
  • Cine Club the Persia (24 June 2015 / Switzerland)
  • Melbourne Int'l Film Festival (16-26 July 2015/Australia)
  • Funf Seen Filmfestival (29 July-9 Aug. 2015 / Germany)
  • Sakhalin Int'l FF (21-28 Aug. 2015 / Russia)
  • Museo Nazionale del Cinema (2-27 Oct. 2015 / Italy)
  • Taiwan Women Int'l FF (9-18 Oct. 2015 / Taiwan)
  • Adelaide Int'l F.F. (15-25 Oct. 2015 / Australia)
  • IFF Colombo in Sri Lanka (Nov. 6-11, 2015 / Sri Lanka)
  • Ljubljana Int'l FF (11-22 Nov. 2015 / Slovenia)
  • National Gallery of Art of Washington DC (2 Jan. 2016 / USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (22 Jan. 2016 / USA)
  • Museum of fine Arts, Boston (22&23 Jan. 2016 / USA)
  • French Cinematographers Association (6-10 Feb. 2016 / France)
  • The Royal Film Commission (10-14 Feb. 2016 / Jordan)
  • Arsenal-Institut fur Film und Videokunst (May 2016 / Germany)
  • Global Film Festival (29 Sept.-1 Oct. 2016 / USA)
  • From de Images (17-26 Nov. 2016 / France)
  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (18 Nov. 2016 / USA)

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