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
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.