PÖFF : 2020 : BNFF

Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness

Local title
Yalda, andestuse öö
Original title
Yalda
Director
Massoud Bakhshi
Country
France, Iran, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lebanon
Year
2019
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
CURRENT WAVES
Genre
/mängufilm/

The spotlights and cameras are all in position. The moderator takes a last quick look at his notes. The final seconds of the intro ad roll by – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – and then the reality TV show goes live. Televised on the night of Yalda, of all days, a Persian celebration of the winter solstice. Tonight’s guest is Maryam, a young woman condemned to death. She is accompanied in studio by Mona, who has always been like a big sister to her. Maryam was living with Mona’s father in a temporary, marriage. Now she stands accused of his murder. In front of the camera and millions of viewers, Maryam is supposed to beg for forgiveness and her life. Alluding to a real, popular Iranian TV Show, the television studio serves as a stage for a chamber play that also explores the social dimensions behind the personal drama.

Director
Massoud Bakhshi
Screenwriter
Massoud Bakhshi
Cast
Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Forough Ghajabagli
Producer
Marianne Dumoulin, Jacques Bidou
DoP
Julian Atanassov
Editor
Jacques Comets
Runtime
Language
Persian

Screenings

Hall 7 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening140501 / Yalda, andestuse öö
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 1 Kino Artis Tallinn
Screening161502 / Yalda, andestuse öö
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
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