Tehran: City of Love (2018)

A beautifully paced tragicomedy by writer-director Ali Jaberansari filmed around the unrequited love experienced by three lonely individuals living in the Iranian capital, Tehran: City of Love presents the charms and challenges of this bustling metropolis.

The three protagonists calmly endure their misfortunes, and as an audience you root for their contentment. The bittersweet elements that come with the feature’s inherent offbeat deadpan humour can be credited to the actors’ excellent comic timing and the script by Jaberansari and Maryam Najafi, which echoes the work of Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. Exquisitely crisp cinematography is delivered by director of photography Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah, giving the movie its sharp definition and vivid scenes comprising contrasting colours against sunnier hues.

As the characters’ individual accounts are given room to breathe – aided by great editing from Askhan Mehri – the feature feels alive and relevant to modern life in an urban metropolis.

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  • Orig. title: Tehran shahr-e eshgh
  • Language: Persian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Reel Suspects
  • Print source: Reel Suspects
  • Cinematography: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
  • Editing: Ashkan Mehri
  • Music: Hamed Sabet
  • Sound: Hossein Abolsedgh
  • Production design: Payam Foroutan