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Bi roya (Without her)

Orizzonti Extra
Director:
Arian Vazirdaftari
Production:
Fadak Film Production (Saeed Saadi, Houman Seyedi)
Running Time:
111’
Language:
Farsi
Country:
Iran
Main Cast:
Tannaz Tabatabaei, Saber Abar, Shadi Karamroudi, Reza Davoudnezhad, Maedeh Tahmasbi, Faranak Kalantar, Mojtaba Fallahi
Screenplay:
Arian Vazirdaftari
Cinematographer:
Alireza Barazandeh
Editor:
Mehdi Saadi
Production Designer:
Mohsen Nasrollahi
Costume Designer:
Elham Moein
Music:
Bamdad Afshar
Sound:
Zohre Aliakbari
Visual Effects:
Mohsen Kheirabadi

Synopsis

Just two weeks before Roya is set to emigrate from Iran to Denmark at her husband’s insistence, she encounters a quiet young girl. The girl seems lost and doesn’t remember anything. Roya takes her in, unaware that the girl has abandoned her previous life and now come to replace Roya. A couple of days later, Roya finds out that she will be prohibited from leaving Iran unless she sells out a colleague. Soon after Roya refuses to betray her friend, the young girl steals Roya’s identity and takes over her life with the assistance of Roya’s husband, Babak. As Roya fights to recover her identity, she realizes, to her surprise, that no one remembers her anymore and that everybody takes the lost girl to be her. 

Director’s Statement

The story of someone actually losing her identity may seem surreal at first glance, but coming from a background where you’re blamed for who you are, it’s as realistic as it can get. Roya stands for her beliefs, but soon finds out that individual choice is merely an illusion if the everyone else is determined to define you otherwise. In the course of the story, Roya loses her true identity and learns a simple, tragic lesson: either you alter yourself and adapt or you will be eliminated and replaced by those who do. I tried to portray this imaginary storyline in the common realism of Iranian cinema with combination of genre elements, as a tribute to those intellectuals who sometimes appear to be lost maniacs of their own era.

 

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: Saeed Saadi, Houman Seyedi – Fadak Film Production
No.19 - Hoveizeh St - North Sohrevardi St
1558617791 – Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Tel. +98 09124717826
arian.vazirdaftari@yahoo.com

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