Wed 15.11
18:15 - 20:02
Vega 3
Sat 18.11
17:00 - 19:02
Vika 1
Sun 19.11
13:00 - 14:47

A screwball-comedy and family drama with a punch where Leila, a young Iranian-American woman in New York, grapples with the tug-of-war between two cultures, making desperate attempts to navigate the delicate balance between her conflicting identities.

Being the only girl in a family with eight brothers, Leila's biggest challenge is her relationship with her mother, Shirin. The family fled from Iran when the Shah fell and now lives in New York. When her father's heart transplant is scheduled, they all come together. Unexpectedly, Leila becomes pregnant after a night with a drag queen. Long-held secrets come to light, revealing clear parallels to her mother's past. Director Maryam Keshavarz, with a delightful color palette and sharp dialogue, has crafted a beautiful portrayal of a woman who simply yearns to be herself and be accepted for who she is. The Persian Version is a screwball comedy and a family drama with a punch.

Lasse Skagen

Q&A with the director

For the screening of THE PERSIAN VERSION on Saturday NOV 18 at 17.00, director Maryam Keshavarz will participate in a Q&A session.


Maryam Keshavarz (b. 1975) is an Iranian-American filmmaker. Her first feature film, Circumstance (2011), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Her second feature film, Viper Club (2018), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and starred Susan Sarandon. Her latest film, The Persian Version (2023), premiered at Sundance, where it also won the Audience Award.

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Original title The Persian Version

Country USA

Year 2023

Director Maryam Keshavarz

Screenplay Maryam Keshavarz

Cinematography André Jäger

Producer Peter Block, Luca Borghese, Anne Carey, Ben Howe, Maryam Keshavarz, Cory Neal

Cast Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Kamand Shafieisabet, Bijan Daneshmand, Bella Warda, Sachli Gholamalizad, Chiara Stella

Runtime 1h 47m

Language English, Persian

Subtitles English

Genre Comedy, Drama

Format DCP

Age limit 12

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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