Bomb, A Love Story

By Payman Maadi

Original title – Bomb, Yek Asheghaneh
International title – Bomb, A Love Story
Second Feature


It’s 1988 and, at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, Tehran is bombed relentlessly. The days that pass are full of foreboding, and yet, love, affection, hope and life itself manage to sweep away the fear of death from those surrounded by it. Love may often be difficult to comprehend, but death is a horrible certitude. ‘Bomb, A Love Story’ shows how, even when faced with the darkness of death, love and hope will find a way.



Leila Hatami
Payman Maadi
Siamak Ansari 
Habib Rezaei 


Written & Directed by – Payman Maadi
Director of Photography – Mahmoud Kalari
Editing – Bahram Dehghani
Original Music – Eléni Karaïndrou
Sound Designer – Iraj Shahzadi
Sound Recordist – Iraj Shahzadi
Set Designer – Mohsen Shahebrahimi
Costume Designer – Sara Khaledi
Make-Up Artist – Mehrdad Mirkiani
Visual Effects – Mohammad Lotfali

Production Manager – Mehdi Moezi
Line Producer – Vahid Moshari
Producers – Payman Maadi & Ehsan Rasoulof

Developed with the support of the 2011 MPA APSA Academy Film Fund an initiative of the Motion Picture Association and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.


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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner of: ‘Crystal Simorgh, Special Jury Prize’ – 36th Fajr Iranian Film Festival, Iran, 2018.
  • Winner of: ‘Crystal Simorgh for Best Costume Designer – Sara Khaledi’ – 36th Fajr Iranian Film Festival, Iran, 2018.
  • Winner of: ‘Best Director Award – Payman Maadi’ – 6th International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey, 2018.
  • Winner of: ‘Audience Award’ – 4th CineIran Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2018.
  • 36th Fajr Iranian Film Festival, Tehran, Iran. February 2018.
  • 6th International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey. October 26-November 3, 2018. International Feature Film Competitive’ section.
  • 4th CineIran Festival, Toronto, Canada. November 16-18, 2018. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 8th ÍRÁN:CI, Iranian Film Festival, Prague, Brno and Bratislava, Czech Republic. January 15-26, 2019. ‘Competitive’ section.
    Prague : January 15-20, 2019 │ Brno: January 22 and 23, 2019 │ Bratislava: January 24-26, 2019.
  • 11th Bengaluru International Film Festival, India. February 21-28, 2019. ‘Country Focus-Iran’ Category.
  • 5th Iranian Film Festival Zurich, Switzerland. March 28-April 3, 2019. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • 10th Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, Scotland, UK. March 01-07, 2019.
    Venue: Filmhouse Cinema, ‘Non-Competitive Festival’. Screening date: Sunday March 3rd, 2019.
  • 10th Middle East Now Festival, Florence, Italy. April 02-07, 2019. ‘Competitive’ section.
  • Iranian Film Series, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
    Screening date: Saturday, May 11, 2019. ‘Non-Competitive Festival’.
  • Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, MSP Iranian Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA . August 15-18, 2019.
  • 6th Palestine Cinema Days, Ramallah, Palestine. October 2-9, 2019.