African Violet

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

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

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.

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.

*-25th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas, France. February 5-12, 2019.  ‘Competition’ section
*-10th Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, Scotland, UK. March 1st-7th, 2019.  ‘Non Competitive Festival’
Screening date: Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. Venue: Filmhouse Cinema.
*-5th Zurich Iranian Film Festival, Switzerland. March 28-April 3, 2019. ‘Competition’ section
*-Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon. June 9 -19, 2019. « Narrative Feature Competition » section
*-Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, MSP Iranian Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA . August 15-18, 2019.  ‘Non Competitive Festival’
*-24th Busan International Film Festival, South Korea. October 03-12, 2019. ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section
*-Cannes Cinéma, zoom sur le Cinema iranien, Cannes, France. Screening date: October 24, 2019.
*-24ème Festival International du Cinéma d’Auteur de Rabat, Maroc. November 16-22, 2019. ‘Cinéma du Monde’ section
*-Cyrus International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada. November 22-28, 2019. ‘Competition’ section
*-8th Persian Film Festival, Sydney, Australia. December 04-08, 2019. ‘Competition’ section
*-24th International Film Festival of Kerala, India. December 6-13, 2019. ‘Jury Films’ Section
*-16ème Festival International du Film transsaharien de Zagora, Maroc. December 12-16, 2019. ‘Non Competitive’ Festival
*-4th Termeh Iranisches Kulturfest München, Germany. January 30-February 12, 2020.
*-15ème Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève (FIFOG), Suisse. September 25-27, 2020.
*-8th Asian Film Festival Barcelona, Spain. October 28-November 08, 2020.
*-Films from Iran in Washington D.C., Boston and Houston (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), USA. January 22 – February 07, 2021.
*-14th Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA. September 18-19, 2021. ‘Competition’ section
*-5th Cinema d’iDEA Women’s International film Festival, Rome, Italy. September 2021. ‘Competition’ section

*Winner of: *Audience Award* (ex aequo)
*Winner of: *High School Student Jury Award* at the 25th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas, France, 2019.
*Winner of: *Special Jury Prize* at the Tripoli International Film Festival, 2019.
*Winner of: *Best Director* Mona Zandi Haghighi
*Winner of: *Best performance by an actress**Fatemeh Motamed Arya*
*Winner of: *Best Screenplay* – *Hamidreza Bababeigi*
at the Cyrus International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2019.
*Winner of: *Jury’s Special Mention* at the 8th Persian Film Festival, Sydney, Australia 2019.

*Winner of: *Best Screenplay* *Hamidreza Bababeigi*
at the 8th Asian Film Festival Barcelona, Spain, 2020.
*Winner of: *Best Film*
*Winner of: *Best Director**Mona Zandi Haghighi*
*Winner of: *Best Screenplay**Hamidreza Bababeigi*
*Winner of: *Best performance by an actress**Fatemeh Motamed Arya*
at the 14th Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA