The Persian Version 15

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Director: Maryam Keshavarz

Cast: Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor

Year: 2023

Duration: 107 mins

Certificate: 15

★★★★ – Eye for Film

Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz’s semi-autobiographical comedy-drama follows Leila, a young film director in New York who gets pregnant after a one-night stand.

Coupled with the breakdown of her marriage and her father’s ill health, it’s enough of a crisis to bring her extended family back into her life – including her eight older brothers! Intrigued by her grandmother’s mention of a family scandal involving Leila’s mother Shirin in Iran, the film shifts to follow Shirin’s journey from rural poverty to real-estate mogul.

A warm, energetic and defiant film - Keshavarz was forced to shoot large sections of the film in Turkey due to being banned from returning to Iran - The Persian Version is a testament to women fighting to control their own lives and destiny.