Massive barriers stand in the way of Iranian filmmakers. The Ministry of Culture inspects every film meticulously to ensure that it complies with stringent cultural, moral, and religious norms. In spite of the various constraints, Iranian New Wave filmmakers have produced an impressive number of films that push the boundaries of what is allowed on the big screen.
1. About Elly (2009)
When it comes down to it, Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly is a three-day holiday story about a group of college pals and their tumultuous relationships. A more in-depth look at Iranian middle-class living is presented. A tightly-wound and closely-monitored society breeds a culture of secrecy and dishonesty, which is the subject of this book.
2. Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
By engaging and subverting traditional Persian art and culture, Bahram Beyzaie seeks to raise questions about the current state of affairs in Iran. Even if Bashu, the Little Stranger deviates from this approach, Beyzaie’s practice of forcefully tackling modern societal issues remains intact in this film. After losing both his parents in the Iran-Iraq War, an orphaned kid begins to find his place in a new household.
3. Children of Heaven (1997)
An Iranian film, Children of Heaven, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards for the first time. It relates the tale of Ali, a young boy who becomes distraught after misplacing his sister Zahra’s shoes. Siblings know their family is poor, so they strive to cover up the disappearance of the shoes until they can get their hands on them once more. They’ve been caught red-handed stealing Ali’s shoes and running a scavenger hunt for a new pair. Compassion and family ties are the focus of this heartfelt and uplifted film.
4. No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
Roxana Saberi, an Iranian journalist who was convicted of espionage and imprisoned in Iran in 2009, co-wrote Bahman Ghobadi’s No One Knows About Persian Cats. The film tells the story of two young Iranian musicians who breach the law in order to form an underground rock band. The film is a powerful attack on the regime’s censorship of the arts, as well as a celebration of a generation of young people who are determined to stand up for their right to express themselves.
5. Offside (2006)
When it comes to sports, Iran has a prohibition on female spectators. During a World Cup qualifying game in which she is disguised as another female fan, Jafar Panahi’s Offside follows the events that happen as she is placed in a holding pen with the other female spectators. Their love of soccer contrasts with the apathy of their guards in their duties. Most of them don’t give a rat’s behind whether or not the ladies see the match. One wonders in the film as to why tyranny of this like occurs in the first place. Iran, not unexpectedly, has outlawed it.
6. Santouri (2007)
An artist’s spiral into heroin addiction is depicted in chilling detail by Santouri. santour musician Ali’s addiction is shown in all its gore and anguish in this film by director Dariush Mehrjui, with flashbacks to his happy marriage and his first attempts at playing the instrument interspersed (a kind of dulcimer). When someone in Iran uses the term “playing the santour,” they mean injecting heroin.
7. A Separation (2011)
To offer their daughter an excellent education or to care for the husband’s ailing father, a married couple must choose between moving overseas or staying at home. One of Iran’s most popular and critically acclaimed filmmakers, Asghar Farhadi, examines religious, gender, and class issues in his film, which is one of the country’s most popular and critically acclaimed works. In addition to winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, it was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. This was the first Iranian film to win the award.
8. This Is Not a Film (2011)
Jafar Panahi, the director of such critically acclaimed films as The White Balloon, The Mirror, Crimson Gold, and Offside, was imprisoned and sentenced to six years in prison in 2010 by Iran’s dictatorial dictatorship. For the next two decades, he couldn’t make any more movies. As a result, in This Is Not a Film, he chronicled his time spent under house arrest on a USB drive hidden within a cake. It was shown at the Cannes Film Festival as a defiant celebration of his indomitable creative drive.
9. Where Is the Friend’s Home? (1987)
Abbad Kiarostami’s Where Is the Friend’s Home tells the story of a little boy’s attempt to return his friend’s notebook. Rural communities, generosity and innocence of children, as well as ordinary heroism are all celebrated here. It was largely performed by amateurs. It was a great loss to Iranian cinema when Kiaroastami passed away in 2016.
10. The White Balloon (1995)
Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and director Jafar Panahi collaborated to create The White Balloon, a heartwarming narrative about a young girl’s quest to get a new goldfish for her family’s Eid Nowrouz celebration. The story is portrayed solely through the eyes of the young protagonist, who encounters snake charmers, shopkeepers, and others as she has many misfortunes and interactions.