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Iran | 2018 | 92 minutes | Ramtin Lavafi

In this claustrophobically intimate Iranian thriller, a mysterious car accident leads two couples to confront each other, exposing secrets as the tension ratchets up.

"A well-crafted addition to the genre, and its ensemble cast makes a suspenseful quartet."—The Hollywood Reporter

Farzad and Lida are married. Their friend Keivan has recently started dating Raha. One night, on their way home from a party, the two couples have a mysterious car accident. They know they've hit something, but no one saw exactly what happened, and Farzad, who was driving, is reluctant to investigate too closely. They go back to Raha's apartment to try to figure out what to do, examining the car's bumper and calling local hospitals to ask about hit-and-runs. As confusion and fear give way to guilt and blame, the tension rises and fault lines appear. Simmering resentments emerge and secrets and lies are exposed. Farzad cares less about his gambling problem, which threatens both his marriage and his friendship with Keivan, than about the outcome of the Real Madrid game in which he's backed the underdog. Meanwhile both Keivan and Raha have been hedging their bets in their new relationship. Director Ramtin Lavafi is working with a great ensemble cast in this tense chamber drama about the secrets we keep and the determining role of luck in how life plays out, for better and for worse.

Justine Barda

Director Biography
Born in 1972 in Abadan, Iran, Ramtin Lavafi studied filmmaking at IRIB University in Tehran. His first feature film, Be Calm and Count to Seven (2008), won the Tiger Award at the 38th Rotterdam International Film Festival and was selected by more than fifty international film festivals. Following his award-winning Berlin -7 º (2013), Lavafi wrote and directed Hat-Trick (2018), which netted him a best screenplay award at the 2018 Fajr International Film Festival.

Sponsored by Anonymous, Babak and Sinikka Parviz, Michael and Neda Nassirian, Nima Foroutan DDS, Follow Your Feet Productions, American Iranian Business Council, ARVR Academy, Mike Moghaddas Realty, Shirin's Chic Design,  Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Department at UW, Iranian American Faculty at UW, Radio Iranshahr, and Seattle Isfahan Sister City Association

  • Original Language Title: Hattrick
  • Director: Ramtin Lavafi
  • Principal Cast: Amir Jadidi, Parinaz Izadyar, Mahour Alvand, Saber Abar
  • Premiere Status: US Premiere
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Producer: Majid Motallebi
  • Screenplay: Ramtin Lavafi
  • Cinematographers: Morteza Hodaei
  • Editors: Hayedeh Safiyari
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Fajr Film Festival 2018 (Best Actress, Screenplay)
  • Filmography: Berlin -7 (2013); Be Calm and Count to Seven (2008)
  • Language: Persian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Persia Film Distribution