ISRAFIL

Original title: ISRAFIL
International title: ISRAFIL
Type: Fiction, Second Feature

CAST
*  Hedieh Tehrani…(Mahi)
*  Pejman Bazeghi…(Behrooz)
*  Hoda Zeinolabedin…(Sara)
MERILA ZAREI…(Taji)
*  Pouria Rahimi Sam…(Ali)

CREW
Director: Ida Panahandeh
Screenplay: Arsalan Amiri & Ida Panahandeh
Director of Photography: Morteza Gheidi
Editing: Hayedeh Safiyari
Music:  Majid Pousti
Sound Designer: Hossein Abolsedgh
Sound Recordist: Jahangir Mirshekari & Mehdi Ebrahimzadeh
Set Designer: Keyvan Moghadam
Costume Designer: Sara Samiey
Make-Up: Soudabeh Khosravi
Still Photographer: Omid Salehi

Executive producer: Hamed Parvinkhosravi
Production Manager: Hossein Beshgard
Producer: Mastaneh Mohajer
Production Company: Avaye Nafas Studio

Shooting format: Apple ProRes 444 / 3.2k
Camera: ALEXA XR
Lenses: Zeiss Master Prime, Angenieux

Screening format: DCP
Sound: 5.1
Ratio: 1.85:1; Some Scenes: 2.35:1 & 2:1
Original version: Persian
Running time: 100 min
Year: 2017

Fiction – Colour – Second Feature – Iran.

Synopsis:
Mahi is a widow mourning the death of her only son. One day she bumps into Behrooz, her teenage sweetheart, who had left Iran following the scandal of his relationship with her.
Despite their families’ objections, the previous relationship begins to re-assert itself.
Mahi, however, finds out that Behrooz is emotionally involved with a young woman, Sara, who in turn  learns of her fiancé’s previous love.
Sara is now in two minds about  marrying Behrooz and emigrating to Canada. On the horns of these emotional entanglements the three characters have to make decisions not only about their emotions, but also their future lives.

          Poster Israfil

Director’s statement:
Making my second feature was very challenging after the well-received Nahid. I didn’t want the success of my first feature to inhibit me from innovating in my second. Indeed, I wanted to use a more creative visual language and employ a novel cinematic narration.
Through my direction and film editing, I’ve tried to give each character a distinct dimension, but all within the context of a uniform visual and audio style. In this way I hope to portray a love story that is accessible to people of all cultures, whilst also maintaining all that is specific to Iran.
The Israfil of the title refers to the archangel who brings the dead back to life on Resurrection day. In our narrative it is love that is rekindled.
The film focuses on three main characters and their interpretation of events: two women from different cultures and generations who love a man each in their own way.
Rather than giving in to traditional values, they redefine love through today’s emotional requirements. Israfil is thus a modern love story.

Festivals:
*-61st BFI London Film Festival, UK. October 4-15, 2017. Official Selection-LOVE
*-7th Iranian Film Festival Australia, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, SYDNEY, ADELAIDE, PERTH, CANBERRA. October 26-November 17, 2017. « Competition » section
*-Hong Kong Asian Film Festival. October 31-November 20, 2017. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-2nd Sheed Persian Film Festival, Dallas, USA. November 10-12, 2017. « Competition » section
*-3rd CineIran Festival, Toronto, Canada. November 17-19, 2017. « Competition » section
*-7th ÍRÁN:CI, Iranian Film Festival, Prague, Brno and Bratislava, Czech Republic. January 9-20, 2018. « Competition » section
*-16th Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh. January 12-20, 2018. « Women Filmmakers Competition » section
*-41st Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden. January 26-February 5, 2018. « International Competition » section
*-16th Audi Dublin International Film Festival, Irland. February 22-March 4, 2018.
Screening date: Tuesday 27 February
Time: 20:45 / Cinema: Lighthouse 3
*-Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, Scotland, UK. February 23-March 1st, 2018.  « Non Competitive Festival »
Venue: Filmhouse Cinema / Screening date: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
*-16th Filmmor Women’s Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey. March 10-17, 2018.
*-17th WOW Wales One World Film Festival, UK. March 13-31, 2018. « Non Competitive Festival »
Screening dates: Monday , March 19 : Aberystwyth / Thursday, April 12 : Theatr Clwyd
*-Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, France. Mars 19-24, 2018. ‘Competition’ section
*-Danish Film Institute/Cinematheque in Copenhagen ‘New Iranian Cinema’, Denmark. April 17&25, 2018.
*-MOOOV–films facing the world, Turnhout & Bruges, Belgium. April 17-April 29, 2018. « Non Competitive » section
*-13ème Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève (FIFOG), Suisse. April 21-29, 2018. « Competition » section
*-Iranian Film Series, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Screening date: Sunday, April 29, 2018. ‘Non Competitive Festival’
*-21st The Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey. May 10-17, 2018. « Competition » section
*-5th Köln Iranian Film Festival, Germany. May 17-21, 2018. « Competition » Section
*-4th Iranian Film Festival Zurich (IFFZ), Switzerland. May 24-30, 2018. « Competition » Section

Awards:
* Winner of: *NETPAC Award* at the 7th Iranian Film Festival Australia.
Jury members: Kiki Fung, Frances Bonner, Michelle Langford
Jury comment: In a film that evokes the elegance of classical Iranian drama, mixed emotions of love, longing and regret are quietly moving; the reflection on women’s condition poignantly revealing. For its thoughtful narrative structure and its gentle and poetic use of cinematic space, the jury unanimously gives the NETPAC Award for Best Film to Israfil.
* Winner of:  *Audience Award* at the 2nd Sheed Persian Film Festival, Dallas, USA, 2017.
* Winner of:  *Best Film*
* Winner of:  *Best Technical Achievement Award* for *Hayedeh Safiyari* at the 3rd CineIran Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2017.
* Winner of: *SILVER FIFOG* Award for *Best Film* at the 13th Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève, Switzerland, 2018.