The Town

By Ali Hazrati

Original title – Shahrak
International title – The Town
Second Feature


Navid Falahati is a young man in love with acting. He successfully undertakes a series of castings to land a role in a highly reputable film production.
When signing the contract, he’s informed of the pre-production conditions and the nature of his role.
He will take part in a rather bizarre cinematic experience, obliging him to leave his family and big city life and live a small town existence on the outskirts. His new life is one dominated by an unseen film director. He gradually becomes so obsessed with his fictitious existence that he takes it for true reality.



Saed Soheili
Mahtab Servati
Kazem Sayahi
Homayoun Ershadi


Written & Directed by – Ali Hazrati
Director of Photography – Alireza Barazandeh
Editing – Jila Ipakchi
Original Music – Shora Karimi
Sound Designer – Naeim Messchian
Sound Mixer – Iraj Shahzadi
Set & Costume Designer – Afsaneh Sarfehjoo
Sound Recordist – Kamran Kianersi
Make-Up Artist – Abbas Abbasi
Production Manager – Peyman Hamidi

Produced by – Ali Sartipi


  •  10th Tripoli International Film Festival, Lebanon. September 21-29, 2023. ‘Official Selection’.  
    Winner of: ‘Jury Special Award’ at the 10th Tripoli International Film Festival, 2023.
  • 3e Festival Nouvelles Images Persanes, Vitré, France. November 14-19, 2023. ‘Competitive’ section.
    Winner of: ‘Best Film Award’ at the 3e Festival Nouvelle Images Persanes, 2023.
  • 17th Transsaharien International Film Festival, Zagora, Morocco. December 15-20, 2023. ‘Competition’ section.
    Winner of: 1) ‘Best Screenplay’ – Ali Hazrati
    Winner of: 2) Best performance by an actor – Saed Soheili
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