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Shirin

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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, 2008
Avant-Garde, Drama
      Persian
      English

Synopsis

A hundred and twelve Iranian actresses and a French star (Juliette Binoche) are the audience at a performance of a famous 12th century Persian poem. The performance remains off camera; the real story is told by the faces and reactions of the women…

Our take

The final film in Kiarostami’s experimental video phase, Shirin is the story of Iran’s social oppression of women told purely through powerful reaction shots of famous actors as they watch an unseen performance. Includes Juliette Binoche, who would later star in Kiarostami’s Certified Copy.

Synopsis

A hundred and twelve Iranian actresses and a French star (Juliette Binoche) are the audience at a performance of a famous 12th century Persian poem. The performance remains off camera; the real story is told by the faces and reactions of the women…

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ShirinDirected byAbbas Kiarostami
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Venice Film Festival
2008

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