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Best Iranian Films That had an Amazing Introduction to a Brilliant Storytelling.

When we talk about films, we already have an idea of an ideal Bollywood or a Hollywood film popped in the head, isn’t it? There is unquestionably no repulse in accepting that, and if you are a fan of these films, then you should certainly not miss the Iranian film industry who has outstanding films with mind-blowing plot lines that could leave you shook and stunned right till the end. Here is a listicle of some of the power-packed Iranian films that have won various international awards, and you should not miss them!  


Offside, is directed by Jafar Panahi in 2006. The story talks about girls who sneak inside the stadium to watch the football, World Cup qualifying match but were restricted by the law due to their gender. The storyline of the film was inspired, by the daughter of the director, who herself decided to attend the game in real. Offside won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006 and was officially selected, for the 2006 New York and Toronto International Film Festivals.



This Iranian film was directed by Majid Majidi, in 2007. The movie talks about a construction site worker who fell in love with an Afghani worker. He later finds out that the woman he likes disguises herself as a man to earn a living. The film has won an award at the Montreal World Film Festival for the Best Film. The movie also won the award, for the Best Screenplay & Best Director at the Gijón International Film Festival. 


Children Of Heaven 

Children Of Heaven is another masterpiece of Majid Majidi, from the year 1997. The storyline of the movie revolves around an Iranian family drama about a brother and sister who are looking for their lost shoes. This film has won several awards at the Newport International Film Festival, the Warsaw International Film Festival, Fajr Film Festival, the World Film Festival, and the Singapore International Film Festival. 


A Separation 

A Separation is a 2011 drama that tells a story of a couple who wish to get separated, but their filed divorce gets denied, the daughter of the family goes through depression, while a caretaker is hired to take care of the husband's father, who has Alzheimer's disease. The deep layered and beautifully told story won an Oscar in 2012 for the Best Foreign Language Film, which became the first Iranian film to win the award. 



Persepolis is a beautifully animated biographical drama film from 2007 that is based on Marjane Satrapi's (Who is even the writer and directed of the film) novel of the same name. The film sets back from the Iranian Revolution. It explains her story of growing up. The film has co-won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. It got nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the Academy Awards. 


The White Balloon 

Talking about The White Ballon, which is one of the best works of Jafar Panahi from 1995. The story talks about a young girl who wants to have a goldfish for Eid. But when she gets the money from her mother, it gets stuck. Her struggle to get the banknote back, she goes around meet a shopkeeper than a soldier, and a balloon seller. The film won awards at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and the Prix de la Camera d'Or. 


The Salesman

The Salesman is a fine example of Asghar Farhadi's incredible storytelling. The Salesman talks about the story of a married couple who act for a play and finds out about the death of a Salesman on stage. Besides this, the wife is ill-treated, and the husband goes to find the attacker since her wife refuses to take any legal help due to her suffering from PTSD. The film has won the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Farhadi also won the award for Best Screenplay and Hosseini for the Best Actor, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. 


Taste of Cherry 

Taste of Cherry is directed by Abbas Kiarostami, in 1997. It is profound, frustrating, and controversial for some reasons. The storyline is a journey of a man looking for someone to bury him after he plans to commit suicide. Well, the film leaves you with no answers at the end, so watch this film at your own risk. 


About Elly 

About Elly is an Iranian film directed by Asghar Farhadi. It is a drama-thriller set during a vacation, where a teacher goes missing and leaves behind her friends who go on a hunt to look for her. The film won at the Tribeca Film Festival for Best Narrative Feature in 2009 and a Special Jury Award in 2009 at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival. 


Turtles Can Fly

Turtles Can fly is an Iranian film based on a Kurdish refugee camp town, followed by a group of children who builds a little city by themselves in most extreme circumstances. This film was made in 2004 by Iranian-Kurdish and Bahman Ghobadi and has won numerous awards at film festivals.


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11 months ago by [email protected]

I'm gonna watch all of these... Thanks for sharing 🤩

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