IFFA 2016, Feature Film

Malaria

Director: Parvis Shahbazi

Producer: Masoud Radaei

Cast: Saghar Ganaat, Saed Soheili, Azarakhsh Farahani, Azadeh Namdari

Scriptwriter: Parvis Shahbazi

Director of Photography: Hooman Behmanesh

Screening Time: 90 mins

Language: Farsi with English subtitles

Genre: Drama

Year: 2016

Format: Feature / Colour / DCP

Print Source: DreamLab Films

 

Restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult

Malaria from Parviz Shahbazi won the grand prix of the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival.

A young girl informs her father that she has been kidnapped and asks him to bring the ransom money to pay for her rescue. Her father and brother’s go to Tehran to look for her, however we find that she has not been kidnapped, rather she is living a vagabond lifestyle - eloped with her boyfriend and hanging out with a band of street musicians. Thus begins filmmaker Parvis Shahbazi’s sixth feature - a movie at once about the need for and difficulty of finding joy in a contradictory society, one, as the filmmaker notes, which is “torn between modernity and tradition.” Following the arrest of the bandleader  and still full of love for her boyfriend, the young girl must tread the uncertain path in-between.