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Ghesse-ha (Tales)

IRAN 2014, 88′
Screenplay: Rakhshan Banietemad, Farid Mostafavi
Cinematography: Koohyar Kalari
Editing: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Sound: Yadollah Najafi
Production: Rakhshan Banietemad
Cast: Habib Rezaei, Mohammad Reza Forutan


With Tales, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad is returning to the characters of her previous films under today’s circumstances. Tales is the story of men and women who always have to fight to be granted their rights: filmmakers, workers, intellectuals, state employees, social workers. Will the light of love and hope lighten their lives? Award for Best Screenplay at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

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Rakhshan Banietemad was born in Tehran in 1954. After studying at the University of Dramatic Arts in Iran, she made several documentaries for Iranian television. In 1987, she directed her first feature film Off Limits, and in 1991, she became the first woman recipient of the best director award at Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran for Nargess. In 1995, she won the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival for The Blue Veiled. Her next film, Under the Skin of the City, was the highest grossing film in Iran in 2000 and garnered major awards at Moscow, Turin, Karlovy Vary and Seattle film festivals. Then she made Gilaneh in 2005 which was shown in more than 49 festivals including Tribeca, Toronto, Pusan, and won many awards. Banietemad’s previous feature, Mainline, also won numerous domestic awards together with the best director award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2008, she received an honorary doctorate from London University. Most recently, Banietemad was awarded the 2010 Prix Henri Langlois from the Vincennes International Film Festival. She is considered the most popular director among Iranians.