‘Israfil’ by Ida Panahandeh is slated to be screened at the Pantheon Cinematheque.
Produced by Mastaneh Mohajer, the movie will be reviewed at the next session of Pantheon Cinematheque.
The 100-minute film starts with a fight that erupts at the funeral of Mahi’s young son – a successful wrestler who died suddenly in a car crash. Behrouz, a figure from Mahi’s past, has turned up to pay his respects.
An unexpected and unwelcome guest has returned after two decades in exile to sell his land and meet fiancée Sara for the first time. Having spent a lifetime caring for her disabled mother, Sara is at odds with her brother about how to care for their mother and determined to take a step towards enjoying a life of her own. But Mahi and Behrouz’s reunion stirs up a painful past.
Panahandeh sensitively articulates the reasons why their young love wasn’t allowed to flourish and brings into focus its long-term repercussions.
The flick features Pejman Bazeghi, Hedieh Tehrani, Merila Zarei and Hoda Zeinolabedin.