African Violet

Original title: Banafsheh Afrighaei
International title: African Violet
Type: Fiction; Second Feature

CAST
* Fatemeh Motamed Arya……..Shokoo
* Saeed Aghakhani…………………Reza
* Reza Babak…………………………..Fereydoun
* Mehdi Hosseini Nia……………..Ghassem
* Roya Javidnia………………………Soraya
* Neda Jebraeili……………………..Fereshteh

CREW
Director : Mona Zandi Haghighi
Screenplay : Hamidreza Bababeigi/based on a story by Mona Zandi Haghighi
Director of Photography : Farhad Saba
Camera : Reza Teymoori
Editing : Bahram Dehghani
Original Music : Peyman Yazdanian
Sound Designer : Alireza Alavian
Sound Recordist : Mehdi Saleh Kermani
Set & Costume Designer : Ali Abedini
Make-Up : Mehrdad Mirkiani

Line Producer : Alireza Shojanoori
Producer : Alireza Shojanoori
Production Company : BEHNEGAR

Shooting format : Digital 2K
Camera : Alexa Classic
Lenses : Ultra Prime

Screening format : DCP
Sound : 5.1
Ratio : 1:1.85
Original version : Persian
Subtitled in : English
Running Time : 93 min
Year : 2019

Fiction – Colour – 93min – 2019 – Iran

Log line :
Communication is the only way to make relationships work.

Synopsis:
Middle-aged Shokoo finds out that ex-husband, Fereydoun, has been placed in a nursing home by their children. She, and second husband Reza, decide to take care of Fereydoun themselves, but in their own home.
In doing so, the relationship between Shokoo and Fereydoun is significantly transformed. This new situation affects Reza and Shokoo’s daily life and unexpected changes take place in the lives of all three characters.

Director’s Statement:
To make my second feature, I thought long and hard to imagine a strong and authentic main character with great empathy. I soon realised that such a character existed in my own family, a woman who had gone to fetch her ex-husband from a nursing home in order to look after him at her new family home with the aid of her second husband. Such an act is not a common occurrence. Shokoo, the character in the film, is both kind and humble, with a humanity without limits that ignores the criticisms of others, rather like my relative. And therein lies the inspiration of the film you are to see.

Festival debut:
World Premiere