25th Houston Iranian Film Festival: Tehran Taboo
- January 20, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Brown Auditorium
1001 Bissonnet Street
- $8 - $10
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Houston Iranian Film Festival, established by the MFAH and Rice Cinema. January 19 – February 3, 2018. Screenings take place at both venues, as well as at Asia Society Texas Center.
Director – Ali Soozandeh
Released – 2017
Language – Farsi with English subtitles
Running Time – 90 minutes
Mature Audiences Only
An edgy animated film for adult audiences, Tehran Taboo follows three strong-willed women and one young man who cross paths in Tehran while each pursues morally questionable activities.
From a prostitute whose young son waits nearby during her transactions, to a musician whose one-night stand has disturbing consequences, it is clear that breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. As first-time director Ali Soozandeh explains, “Everyone sees these taboos, but no one talks about them. There is a huge silence at the center of the society that no one breaks. That was the big question I wanted to ask: Why do we all play along?”
Tehran Taboo was the first animated feature in the prestigious Critics’ Week at the Cannes International Film Festival.