By Parviz Shahbazi

Original title – Malaria
International title – Malaria


A young girl informs her father she’s been kidnapped and asks him to bring the ransom money. Panicked, her father and brothers go to Tehran to look for her. They are unaware, however, that the girl has in fact  eloped with her boyfriend and now spends her time in the company of a band of street musicians. Following the arrest of the band leader and full of the love for her boyfriend, the young girl descends an uncertain path.


Saghar Ghanaat
Saed Soheili
Azarakhsh Farahani
Azadeh Namdari


Director – Parviz Shahbazi
Screenplay – Parviz Shahbazi
Director of Photography – Hooman Behmanesh
Editing – Parviz Shahbazi
Music – Azarakhsh Farahani and Siavash Asadi
Sound Designer – Mohammad Kashfi
Sound Recordist – Mansour Shahbazi
Set & Costume Designer – Keyvan Moghadam
Make-Up Artist – Mohammad Ghomi
Production Manager – Majid Goodarzi

Producer – Masoud Radaei

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner of: ‘Warsaw Grand Prix’ – at the 32nd Warsaw Film Festival, 2016.
    INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Jury – Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria), Maria Sadowska (Poland), Bence Fliegauf (Hungary), Mehmet Can Mertoğlu (Turkey), Rodrigo Plá (Mexico)
    ‘The Grand Prix goes for a film, for its brave and innovative narrative, that articulates skillfully the journey of a young couple in the context of a society full of prejudice.’
  • Winner of: ‘Best Director’ – 15th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), Bangladesh, 2017.
  • Winner of: ‘Golden FIFOG Award – Best Film’ – 12th Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève, Switzerland, 2017.
  • Winner of: 1) ‘Best Film’
  • Winner of: 2) ‘Best Actress’s Performance – Saghar Ghanaat’ – 10th International Film Festival ‘East&West’, Orenburg, Russia, 2017.
  • Winner of: 1) ‘Best Film’
  • Winner of: 2) ‘Best Director’ 
  • Winner of: 3) ‘Best Screenplay’ – 10th Iranian Film Festival-San Francisco, USA, 2017.
  • Winner of: 1) ‘Best Film’
  • Winner of: 2) ‘Best Director’
  • Winner of: 3) ‘Best Screenplay’
  • Winner of: 4) ‘Best Actress’s Performance  – Saghar Ghanaat’ – 5th Bosphorus International Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017.
  • Winner of : ‘Jury’s Special Prize’ – 14ème Transsaharien Festival International du Film, Zagora, Marrakech, 2017.
  • 73rd Venice International Film Festival, Italy. August 31-September 10, 2016. ‘Orizzonti – Competitive’ section.
  • 21st BUSAN International Film Festival, South Korea. October 06-15, 2016. ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section. ‘Non-Competitive’ section
  • 32nd WARSAW Film Festival, Poland. October 07-16, 2016. ‘International Competitive’ section.
  • 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, USA. October 13-27, 2016. ‘Non-competitive World Cinema’ section.
  • 6th Australian Iranian Film Festival, BRISBANE, SYDNEY, CANBERRA, ADELAIDE, MELBOURNE, Australia. October 20-November 15, 2016. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 20th Tertio Millennio Film Festival, Rome, Italy, the one world movie Festival supported by the Pope and Vatican. October 25-29, 2016. Venue: Sala Trevi and Casa Del Cinema. Screening date: October 28, 2016.
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taïwan. November 04-24, 2016. ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • 27th Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden. November 09-20, 2016. ‘Open Zone’ section.
  • ‘Un État du monde et du cinéma’, ‘Forum des Images’, Paris, France. November 18-27, 2016. ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • 47th International Film Festival of India, Goa, India November 20-28, 2016. ‘Cinema of the World’ section.
  • Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland. A film programme accompany current exhibition: Social calligraphies. Screening date: December 20, 2016.
  • 15th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), Bangladesh. January 12-20, 2017. ‘Asian Competitive’ 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.
  • Edinburgh Iranian Festival ‘Iranian Film Season’, UK. February 2017. Screening date: February 15, 2017.
  • 45th Belgrade International Film Festival, Serbia. February 24–March 05, 2017. ‘Main Competitive’ section.
  • 12th Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève, Switzerland. April 01-09, 2017. ‘Competitive’ scetion.
  • 18th Rainbow Film Festival, London, UK. Organised by ‘Rainbow Film Society’ at the Genesis Cinema, Rich Mix Centre and Tarling Centre. April 09-16, 2017.
  • 20th Shanghai International Film Festival, China. June 17-26, 2017. ‘Panorama’ section.
  • 10th International Film Festival ‘East&West’, Orenburg, Russia. August 25-31, 2017. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • The Cinematheque, Vancouver, Canada. Screening dates: September 14 and 17, 2017.
  • 10th Iranian Film Festival-San Francisco, USA. September 23-24, 2017. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 27th Filmfest Hamburg, Germany. October 05-14, 2017. ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • KineNova International film festival, Skopje, Macedonia. October 11-15, 2017.
  • 18th Arab World Festival of Montreal, Canada. October 27-November 12, 2017.
  • First Guwahati International Film Festival, India. October 28-November 02, 2017.
  • CineIran Festival, Toronto, Canada. TIFF Bell Lightbox and Art Gallery of Ontario venues. November 17-19, 2017. “Panorama” section.
  • 2nd Sheed Persian Film Festival, Dallas, USA. November 10-12, 2017. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 5th Bosphorus International Film Festival, Turkey. November 17-26, 2017. ‘International Feature Film Competitive’ section.
  • 14ème Transsaharien Festival International du Film, Zagora, Marrakech. November 30-December 04, 2017. ‘Competitive’ scetion.
  • 18th Tbilisi International Film Festival, Georgia. December 04-10, 2017. ‘HORIZONS’ section.
  • Cannes Cinéma, zoom sur le Cinéma Iranien, Cannes, France. February 21, 2019.