TODAY

Original title: EMROUZ / EMROOZ
International title: TODAY
Type: Fiction
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CAST
* Parviz Parastui…………………Younes
* Soheila Golestani……………..Sedigheh
* Shabnam Moghadami………Mrs Majd

CREW
Director: Reza Mirkarimi
Screenplay: Reza Mirkarimi & Shadmehr Rastin
Director of Photography: Houman Behmanesh
Editing: Reza Mirkarimi
Original Music: Amin Honarmand
Sound Recorder: Saeid Bojnourdi
Sound Mixer: Alireza Alavian
Set Designer: Marjan Golzar
Make-Up: Mahmoud Dehghani

Production Manager: Majid Karimi
Producer : Reza Mirkarimi
Production Company : iFILM

Shooting format: DI 4k
Screening format: DCP, Blu-Ray
Sound: 5.1
Ratio: 16/9
FPS: 24
Original version: Persian
Subtitled in: English
Running Time : 87 min
Year : 2014

Fiction colour 87 min 2014 Iran

Synopsis:
Younes, an ageing taxi driver, takes a young woman to hospital at the end of his working day, not knowing what awaits him there.

In French
A la fin d’une journée de travail, Younes, un vieux chauffeur de taxi aide une jeune femme et l’emmène à l’hôpital.
Il ne se doute pas de ce qui l’attend là-bas.

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Director’s Statement:
I wanted to make a film about people who help others without knowing them and whose anonymity remains once help has been rendered; an anonymity which also exists for the cinema audience. Such a dimension is built on a minimum of dialogue, as speech is often a source of misunderstanding. Saint-Exupéry feared war, but for me it’s my society’s moral crisis I fear the most. If  Night Flight‘s pilot ever became a taxi driver in Tehran’s megapolis, would he be able to remain silent confronted by all the slings and arrows of an exasperated society? Would he be able to take a pretty little flower to his world of solitude?

In French
J’avais envie de faire un film sur des gens qui décident de s’entraider sans pour autant se connaître. A la fin, leur secret respectif restera scellé à jamais. Le spectateur n’en saura pas davantage non plus. Cette dimension minimaliste est bâtie surtout sur l’effacement de la parole. Je pense que la parole est source de « malentendus ». Saint-Exupéry avait peur de la guerre. Moi, c’est la crise morale que traverse ma société qui m’inquiète. Si le pilote de Vol de nuit devenait un chauffeur de taxi dans la mégapole de Téhéran, aurait-il la force de garder le silence face à toutes les allégations de cette société exacerbée. Pourrait t-il emporter avec lui sur sa petite planète de solitude, une jolie petite fleur?

Festivals:
*-Toronto International Film Festival, Canada. Official Selection 2014 « Contemporary World Cinema »
*-20e Festival International du Cinéma d’Auteur de Rabat. 24 octobre – 01 novembre 2014, « Competition Section »
*-55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece. October 31-November 09, 2014, « Open Horizons » section
*- 25th Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden. November 05-16, 2014, « Asian Images » section
*-18th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia. November 14-30, 2014. « Main International Competition »
*-45th International Film Festival of India, Goa. November 20-30, 2014. « Cinema of the World » section
*-15th Tbilisi International Film Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia. December 01 – 07, 2014. « Horizons » section
*-26th Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA. January 02-12, 2015. « Awards Buzz »  lineup
*-44th Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands. January 21-February 01 2015. »Spectrum » section
*-7th Jaipur International Film Festival, India. February 01-05, 2015. « Competitive Section »
*-38th Portland International Film Festival, USA. February 05-21, 2015. « Competitive Section »
*-25th Festival of Films from Iran, Chicago (Gene Siskel Film Center), USA. Screening dates: February 14 & 15, 2015. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-39th Hong Kong International Film Festival. March 23-April 6, 2015.
*-4th Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam, Willemstad, Curaçao. March 25-29, 2015.
*-10e Panorama des cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient, France. 31 mars-19 avril 2015, (Saint-Denis, Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis).
*-34th Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey. April 04-19, 2015. « Human Rights Competition »
*-29th Washington, DC International Film Festival, USA. April 16-26, 2015. « World View » section
*-San Diego Asian Film Festival-Spring Showcase, San Diego, USA. April 16-23, 2015. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-16th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), South Korea. April 30-May 9, 2015. « CINEMAFEST Section »
*-UCLA Film & Television Archive, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Screening date: May 01, 2015. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-13ème Festival « Visions Sociales » en partenariat avec le Festival de Cannes, Château de Mandelieu La Napoule, Cannes, France. May 16-24, 2015 « Non Competitive Festival »
*-Cannes Cinéphiles, Cannes Cinéma / Festival de Cannes , France. May 16-24, 2015. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-9th Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur, Spain. June 08-14, 2015. « Official Section Competition »
*-1st Zürich Iranian Film Festival, Switzerland. May 28-June 03, 2015. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-3rd Festival Cinéma (s) d’Iran, Paris, France. June 19-30, 2015. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-33rd FILMFEST MUENCHEN, Germany. June 25-July 04, 2015. « International Independent Section »
*-Phi Films-Cinémathèque de Montréal, CANADA. Screening date: Monday July 06 at 19:30
*-Indiebo-Bogota Independent Film Festival, Colombia. July 16-26, 2015. « World Narrative Competition section »
*-31st Gindou Film Festival/Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou, France. August 22-29, 2015. « Non Competitive Festival »
*-8th Iranian Film Festival-San Francisco, Tiburon, USA. September 26-27, 2015. « Competition Section »
*-16th Arabisches Film Festival, Tübingen, Germany. October 02-10, 2015. « Islamic and oriental » section
*-3rd Casa Asia Film Week, Asian Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain. November 11-15, 2015. « Competition Section »
*-40th Brussels’s International Film Festival (FIFB), Belgium. November 17-21, 2015. « Official Competition »
*-Ciné-Club Persan, Genève, Suisse. December 7, 2015.
*-5th Iranian Film Festival, Prague Czech Republic.
Prague: January 13-17, 2016 │Brno: January 19-20, 2016 │ Bratislava: January 28-30, 2016 « Competition Section »
*-14th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), Bangaldesh. January 14-22, 2016. « Competition/Spiritual Films » section
*-15th Whitehead International Film Festival in Claremont, California. January 15-18, 2016 « Non Competitive Festival »
*-Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, Scotland, UK. February 26-29, 2016. Venue: Filmhouse Cinema, « Non Competitive Festival »
*-El Hoceima International Film Festival, Morocco. March 21-26, 2016. « Competition Section »

Awards:
*Winner of: *Audience Award*, *Best Film* and *Best Performance by an Actor *Parviz Parastui* at the 20e Festival International du Cinéma d’Auteur de Rabat, Morocco.
*Winner of: *FIPRESCI’s Award* and *Best Film* by « the Ecumenical Jury » at the 18th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia.
*Winner of: *Best Performance by an Actor *Parviz Parastui* at the 7th Jaipur IFF, India.
*Winner of: *SIGNIS Commendation Award* at the 29th Washington, DC International Film Festival, USA.
*Winner of: *Bronze Alhambra Special Jury Prize* and *Audience Award* at the 9th Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur, Spain.
*Winner of: *Best Performance by an Actor *Parviz Parastui* at the 8th Iranian Film Festival-San Francisco, Tiburon, USA.
*Winner of: *Best Spiritual Film* at the 14th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), Bangaldesh.

Review by Dimitri Eipides
«Intimate and understated, Today is a profound testament to the enduring power of empathy and fellow feeling in an increasingly cruel and prejudicial world. With a pair of absorbing performances, Parastui and Golestani draw the viewer gradually in, painting a highly sympathetic portrait of suffering in the context of a seemingly uncaring. environment. Mirkarimi structures his narrative with a balanced, emotional rhythm, slowly and skilfully disclosing his characters’ backstories as he observes them with the objectivity for which contemporary Iranian filmmaking is renowned. Today is a magnificent example of the power of film, suffused with the deeply penetrating insight of a compassionate and exceptionally talented filmmaker.»