Maryam Kesharvarz's 'The Persian Version' is an ebullient rule-breaker, and it does so in the name of the many women it wants to celebrate.
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The Persian Version
Coming from two countries at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila (Layla Mohammadi) strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while boldly challenging the labels society is so quick to stick on her. When her family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila navigates her relationships from arms' length in an effort to keep her “real” life separate from her family life. When her secret is unceremoniously revealed, however, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother Shireen (Niousha Noor). Punctuated by a bright color palette, snappy comedic relief, and vibrant dance numbers, The Persian Version delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended seamlessly into a heartfelt story about family, belonging, and the undeniable influence of pop music.
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Women and Film
Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Kamand Shafieisabet, Chiara Stella
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award ~ Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Screenwriting Award, Sundance Film FestivalMORE
Royal 10.12.23 - 10.12.23
Monica Film Center 10.18.23 - 10.18.23
Town Center 5 10.27.23 - 11.30.23
Claremont 5 11.03.23 - 11.09.23
Newhall 11.03.23 - 11.09.23
NoHo 7 11.03.23 - 11.09.23