“A humdrum but quietly affecting character study chronicling everyday sexism in today’s Iran, “Paradise” introduces a promising new writer-director from the country in Sina Ataeian Dena. World-premiering in competition at Locarno, this implicitly feminist study of a disaffected 25-year-old schoolteacher has picked up the Ecumenical Prize and was runner-up for the Best First Feature award. Co-produced by Jafar Panahi’s brother Yousef — who also enjoys a fleeting cameo — it looks set for a busy festival career as well as art house exposure in Europe and beyond. Shot without permission on the hectic streets of Tehran, the Iran-Germany co-production blends documentary and fictional elements by having protagonist Hanieh (newcomer Dorna Dibaj) frequently interact with individuals who don’t know they’re being filmed.(…)” (Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter)

Sunday, 29.11.2015 – 7.30 pm, Screen 6 (presented by Marie Bäumer) – in the presence of director Sina Ataeian Dena and leading actress Dorna Dibaj
Monday, 30.11.2015 – 9.30 pm, Screen 8



+++ Berlin Premiere +++



OT: Ma dar Behesht, 2015
Country Iran, Germany
Production: Bon Voyage Films, Sina Dena Films
Cast: Dorna Dibaj, Fateme Naghavi, Fariba Kamran, Nahid Moslemi, Roya Afshar
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 100 min.
Language: Farsi OV / English subtitles
World Sales: Bon Voyage Films,
Distribution Germany: tba
Festivals: Locarno, Vancouver, Zurich, Vienna, Sevilla, Singapur, Nantes, Sao Paolo, Hamburg, Busan, AFI/Los Angeles etc.
Awards: Locarno Best Debut, Locarno Prize of the Ecumenical Jury etc.