German/Austrian / 90 min. / Feature
Persian with English subtitles
Directed by Ali Soozandeh
Animation proves a cunning technical choice in the German-Austrian production Tehran Taboo, a first feature written and directed by Ali Soozandeh, which scrutinizes the many sexual taboos of the Islamic Republic of Iran . Like Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s 2007 Persepolis, it offers just enough distance to explore the highly charged theme of sexual and personal freedom in Iran without salaciousness. Women are the main victims here, whether married, divorced or single, and their lives are depicted as pure tragedy. Every scene makes a political point about the religious and political repression of personal life in Iran so that at times it feels that the screenplay is built around opportunities to tick off the long list of repressive laws and social norms.