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Iran | 2016 | 84 minutes | Behnam Behzadi

After her mother's illness worsens due to the air pollution in Tehran, an unmarried female shop owner (Sahar Dowlatshahi) comes to the suffocating realization that her selfish relatives are tying to control her life, leading to a personal mutiny against male domination.

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Niloofar is happy with her life, working as the owner of a successful tailoring business in Tehran that she has built up over a decade. But when her mother, who suffers from chronic pulmonary disease, lands in the Emergency Room, that life begins to crumble. The doctor gathers Niloofar and her older brother, Farhad, and sister, Homa, and insists that their mother must leave Tehran immediately to escape its polluted atmosphere. Farhad and Homa confer and decide that the most logical solution is for Niloofar to move with their mother to the country. Aside from that this will require her to give up her business; in fact, that would be convenient for Farhad, who wants to rent her shop to pay off his debts. Niloofar, is unmarried and without children (unlike Homa), and is assumed to be utterly dispensable. Thermal inversion, a meteorological condition that contributes to pollution, is part of what's causing the oppressive atmosphere surrounding Niloofar, but it's the realization of just how little her wishes matter than prompt her to realize that it might be time for a change of air.

Director Biography

Iranian filmmaker Behnam Behzadi has spent his career playing many parts on his films, such as director, writer, and editor. This includes titles such as We Only Live Twice (2008) and The Rule of Accident (2013). He serves as writer and director for Inversion.

Sponsored by Anonymous, Sinikka and Babak Parviz, Neda and Michael Nassirian, ARVR Academy, Persian & Iranian Studies at UW Near-Eastern Languages & Civilization Department, Naimor Inc., American Iranian Business Council, Nima Foroutan DDS, Homes and Equity Mortgage, UW Iranian-American Faculty, Naini Family Foundation, Iranian American Community Alliance

  • Original Language Title: Varoonegi
  • Director: Behnam Behzadi
  • Principal Cast: Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mosaffa, Ali Reza Aghakhani, Setareh Pesyani
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 84 minutes
  • Producer: Behnam Behzadi
  • Screenplay: Behnam Behzadi
  • Cinematographers: Bahram Badakhshani
  • Editors: Meysam Molaei
  • Music: Sahar Sakhaei
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Rule of Accident (2013); We Only Live Twice (2009)
  • Language: Persian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP