Project Description

Tehran Taboo

Director: Ali Soozandeh – Drama/Animation , 96 min, Color, Germany/Austria 2017

In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of Tehran, avoiding prohibitions has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. A young woman needs an operation to “restore” her virginity. A judge in the Islamic Revolutionary Court exhorts favors from a prostitute in exchange for a favorable ruling. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means.


Director & Screenplay Ali Soozandeh
Producer Frank Geiger, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Mark Fencer & Armin Hofmann
DOP Martin Gschlacht
Costume Design Erika Navas
Make-Up Willi Derschmidt
Editing Frank Geiger & Andrea Mertens
Music Ali N. Askin
VFX-Supervisor Ali Samadi Ahadi & Christian «Pingo» Schiffler

Further Information

Original Language Persian
Format 2K
Sound Dolby Digital 5.1
Theatrical Release 16.11.2017
Category Feature/Animation
Main Cast Elmira Rafizadeh, Zarah Amir Ebrahimi, Arash Marandi