"Heiran" (Heiraan)

2nd FILM

Director: Shalizeh Arefpour
Scriptwriters: Shalizeh Arefpour, Naghmeh Samini
Director of Photography: Hossein Jafarian
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Costume and Set Designer: Amir Esbati
Makeup: Mehrdad Mirkiani
Music: Alireza Kohan Deyri
Sound Recorder: Sasan Nakhaei
Sound Mix: Hossein Maafi
Assistant Director: Behrouz Shoeibi
Executive Producer: Nava Rohani
Director Adviser: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Investors: ENBANK, Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC)
Producer: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Jahangir Kosari
Production of: Cinema 79 Co.
Cast: Baran Kosari, Mehrdad Sedighian, Khosro Shakibaei, Farhad Aslani, Zhaleh Sameti, Fouzhan Arefpour, Mohsen Mokari
Color, 35 mm, 1:1/85, 88min, 2009, Iran

During the rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan about 3 million Afghans, who were mostly illegal immigrants, entered Iran; causing numerous problems for the Iranian society to accept them. This film is the story of a 17 year old rural girl by the name of Mahi, who comes from a war-stricken family in the southern Iran. Mahi falls in love with an Afghan student named Heiran, who has come to their village to work. But Mahi's family being strictly against her marriage to an Afghan, forces Mahi to choose one between her family and an Afghan lad.

BIOGRAPHY

Shalizeh Arefpour was born in Tehran in 1970. She is a cinema graduate from the Filmmaking Training Center. In 1990 she started her cinematic career as a script girl and ever since she has cooperated with many famous cinema and TV filmmakers in 26 movies as programmer, assistant director, scriptwriter and editor. She experienced her first filmmaking in the short film called “The Shadow of Moon” in 2004. She then made 3 documentaries “Under the Skin of Baran” in 2001, “Goal in the Dark” in 2003 and “Inside Me” in 2004. “Heiran” is her first feature film for which she is also the scriptwriter.

FILMOGRAPHY

  • Under the Skin of Baran
  • Goal in the Dark
  • Inside Me
  • The Shadow of Moon
  • Heiran
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Documentary
  • Short Film
  • Feature

 

  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2004
  • 2009

  • Toronto Int’l Film Festival (10 – 19 Sept. 2009 / Canada) Contemporary World Cinema
  • Tunis Int’l Film Festival (23 – 27 Sept. 2009 / Tunis) Competition (Best Picture) Winner of the Best Film
  • Hamburg Int’l Film Festival (24 Sept. – 3 Oct. 2009 / Germany) Competition (For First Feature Award)
  • Arab – Iran Film days (9 – 15 Oct. 2009 / Germany)
  • Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (15 – 30 Oct. 2009 / Hong Kong) Competition (New Talent Award)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center (17-18 Oct. 2009 / USA)
  • Sao Paulo Int’l Film Festival (23 Oct. – 5 Nov. 2009 Brazil) New Filmmaker Competition
  • Cinema Tous Ecrans (2 – 8 Nov. 2009 / Switzerland) Regards d’Aujourd’hui Competition
  • Denver Film Festival (12 – 22 Nov. 2009 / USA)
  • Stockholm Int’l Film Festival (18 – 29 Nov. 2009 / Sweden)
  • Tertio Millennio Film Festival (1 – 6 Dec. 2009 / Italy)
  • Dubai Int’l Film Festival (9 - 16 Dec. 2009 / UAE) Competition (Muhr Asia Africa Awards)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (15 Jan. 2010 / USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (23 Jan. 2010 / USA)
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive (5 Feb. 2010 / USA)
  • Portland Int’l F.F. (11 – 27 Feb. 2010 / USA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Washington DC (19 - 21 Feb. 2010 / USA)
  • Cine Quest Int’l F.F. (23 Feb. – 7 March 2010 / USA)
  • Chennai Women’s Film Festival (1 – 8 March 2010 / India)
  • Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (8 – 14 March 2010 / Italy) Winner of the International Feature Film Award
  • Tiburon Int’l Film Festival (18 – 26 March 2010 / USA) Competition
  • Walker Art Center (25 April 2010 / USA)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Int’l Film Festival (15 – 29 April 2010 / USA)
  • Silk Screen Film Festival (7 – 16 May 2010 / USA)
  • Kiev Int’l Film Festival (25 May – 1 June 2010 / Ukraine)
  • Moscow Int’l Film Festival (17 – 26 June 2010 / Russia)
  • Durban Int’l Film Festival (22 July – 1 Aug. 2010 / South Africa) Competition
  • Yari Film Festival (24 - 26 Sept. 2010 / Sweden)
  • Al-Kasaba Int’l Film Festival (7 – 18 Oct. 2010 / Palestine)
  • Third Eye Asian Film Festival (28 Oct. – 4 Nov. 2010 / India)
  • Kuala Lumpur Int'l Film Festival (24 – 28 Nov. 2010 / Malaysia)
  • Das Iranische Wien (16 & 19 Dec. 2009 and 27 & 30 Jan. 2010 / Austria)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta (8 Jan. 2011 / USA)
  • Int’l Social Communication Cinema Conference & ROOPKALA KENDRO (15 – 21 Feb. 2011 / India)
  • Kish Int’l Film Festival (24 – 28 April 2011 / Kish Island - Iran)
  • Danish Film Institute ( 11 & 14 May 2011 / Denmark)
  • Taipei Film House (19 Aug. – 9 Sept.2011 / Taiwan)
  • Iranian FF in Prague (12 – 15 Jan. 2012 / Czech Republic)
  • Persian Film Festival (23 – 26 Feb. 2012 / Australia)
  • Women Terre Des Femmes F.F. (22 – 28 Nov. 2012 / Germany)

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