Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness

Yalda

Iran | 2020 | 89 min. | Massoud Bakhshi

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Maryam is a young woman who has been sentenced to death for murdering her husband, Nasser. Iranian law allows for the victim's family to forgive her and spare her life, so Maryam's fate will be decided by Nasser's daughter, Mona, on the country's most popular televised reality show. Sundance 2020 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic.

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  • Original Language Title: Yalda, la nuit du pardon
  • Director: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Principal Cast: Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadr Orafaee, Forough Ghajebeglou, Fereshteh Hosseini
  • Country: Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg
  • Year: 2020
  • Running Time: 89 min.
  • Producer: Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
  • Screenplay: Massoud Bakhshi
  • Cinematographers: Julian Atanassov
  • Editors: Jacques Comets
  • Awards: Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic Competition (Sundance Film Festival 2020)
  • Filmography: Our Persian Rug (2010)
  • Language: Farsi