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THE SIS - still #1


US Premiere

Director: Marjan Ashrafizadeh

Iran, 2016, 94 min

Shooting Format:5K

Festival Year:2017

Category:Narrative Feature

WINNER: Best Actor Female

Cast:Golab Adineh, Masoume Ghasemi Pour, Pantea Panahiha, Ali Ostadi, Hamidreza Azarang, Babak Hamidiyan

Crew:Producers: Mohammad Hossein Ghasemi - Screenwriters: Marjan Ashrafizadeh, Nahid Tabatabaei, Ali Asghari


Tala and Ati (Sis) are a mother and daughter who have lived together for many years; almost 50 years, as long as the life of Sis. Their situation, however, does not last long, and the days of separation arrive. The separation happens when Sis depends heavily on her mother due to her special conditions, and Tala is trying to provide security for Ati’s future in the remaining time; a future without her presence.


About the director

Marjan Ashrafizadeh lives in Tehran. Born in 1981 in Tehran, Marjan Ashrafizadeh has B.A in Dramatic Literature and also Film Directing from the Faculty of Cinema & Theater. As the member of Iranian Young Cinema Society, she made more than 20 documentaries & short fiction films.


Filmmaker's note

When you become a mother, you are not yourself any more. Someone else is in your place; someone whose presence is because of you. And because of your role, you are dependent, you are attached, you are stuck, and you are in love . When you become a mother, it seems that your heart is chopped into as many pieces as your children, each piece in someone’s hand, pulling you wherever they want. As if your heart is beating outside your chest, fast and anxious. When you become a mother, you are not yourself. You are only a mother.

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