Tehran Taboo (15)
2018 Germany/Austria, directed by Ali Soozandeh, 96 minutes
Animation was the only realistic medium for the German-based Iranian director’s frank look at the seedy and troubled underbelly of Iran’s capital city. He aims his beautifully executed film at sexual hypocrisy in particular – typified by the shocking opening scene involving Pari, a prostitute, her client and her son who sits quietly in the back of the car they are travelling in. Although the film has been criticised for depicting an Iran of 20 years ago it is nevertheless a nuanced and gripping watch.
Film notes (paper copies available at the screening)
Tickets (£5 adults, £3 children) available on the door or in advance from the Buxton Opera House box office