DUET

Original title: DUET
International title: DUET
Type: Fiction

CAST
* Ali MOSAFFA………………….Massoud
* Hedieh TEHRANI……………Minoo
* Negar JAVAHERIAN………Sepideh
* Morteza FARSHBAF……….Hamed
* Kaveh Kateb………………….Kaveh
And
* Pantea Panahiha……………Samira
* Alireza Aghakhani…………Mansour

CREW
Director: Navid DANESH
Screenplay: Navid DANESH
Director of Photography: Hossein JAFARIAN
Editing: Hayedeh SAFIYARI
Music: Peyman YAZDANIAN
Sound Recorder: Vahid MOGHADDASI
Sound Mixer: Amir Hossein GHASEMI
Set Designer: Keyvan MOGHADDAM
Costume Designer: Sara SAMIEI
Make-Up: Mehrdad MIRKIANI
Production Manager: Peyman JAFARI

Producer: Ehsan RASOULOF

Shooting format: 2K
Screening format: DCP
Sound: 5.1 SR
Ratio: 16:9
FPS: 24
Original version: Persian
Subtitled in: English
Running Time: 103 min
Year: 2016

Fiction – colour – 103min – 2016 – Iran

« People are content with the situation they’re in, otherwise they would change it. It doesn’t matter at what cost, they would change it. »

Synopsis:
Minoo drives her husband Hamed to see his ex-girlfriend Sepideh as he wants to apologize to her for their unpleasant breakup some years ago.
The reunion, however, revives old memories that set in motion a sequence of events that affect Sepideh’s life.

In French
Accompagné de son épouse Minoo, Hamed rend visite à Sepideh, son ex-petite amie, pour lui présenter ses excuses concernant leur rupture houleuse survenue plusieurs années auparavant.
Cette visite ranime chez Sepideh de vieux souvenirs qui vont affecter le cours de sa vie.

Director’s Statement:
« Duet » is an exploration into the concept of ‘the past’ and ‘memories’, raising questions that I don’t have definite answers for: What should we do with the past and its consequences? Should we cover it up or confess it? Should we delve into it or accept it as it is? And finally, how will our future be affected by our spouse’s past, or by our own memories?

In French
« Duet » explore le concept du ’passé’ et des ‘souvenirs’, soulevant des questions pour lesquelles je n’ai pas de réponse définitive: Que devrions nous faire face au passé et ses conséquences? Faut-il dissimuler le passé ou le laisser paraître? Devons-nous essayer d’analyser le passé ou de l’accepter tel qu’il est? Et finalement, comment notre avenir peut-il être touché par le passé de la personne qui partage notre vie ou même par nos propres souvenirs?

Festivals:
*-20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia. November 11-27, 2016. ‘Competition’ section
*-21st International Film Festival of Kerala, India. December 9-16, 2016. « world cinema » section
*-15th Pune International Film Festival, India. January 12-19, 2017. « Global Cinema » section
*-7th Yashwant International Film Festival, Mumbai in Maharashtra, India. January 20-26, 2017.
*-9th Bengaluru International Film Festival, Bengaluru and Mysuru, India. February 2-9, 2017.
*-60th San Francisco International Film Festival, USA. April 5-19, 2017. ‘New Directors Competition’
*-Kerala IFF, Regional Film Festivals, organized by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, India. February and March 2017.

Awards:
*Winner of: *Best First Feature*
Jury comment: For its unflinching portrait of a woman, trapped beneath the burdens and expectations of her role, and her struggle to break out of it.
*Winner of: *NETPAK* Award
Jury comment: For brilliant dramatic story, executed via refined and brave playing with basic elements of narrating construction. Acting as if talented anatomist, director reveals in elegant laconic manner heroes inner experience, involved into the core of intersubjective crisis.