Top Iran movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Children of Heaven on DVD Children of Heaven
Synopsis
A young boy accidentally loses his sister's shoes and must share his own sneakers with her in a sort of relay while each attends school at different times during the day. The boy eventually enters a foot race in hopes of winning a new pair of shoes.
Cast
Cast
Mohammad Amir Naji, Amir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi, Nafise Jafar-Mohammadi, Fereshte Sarabandi, Kamal Mirkarimi, Behzad Rafi, Dariush Mokhtari, Mohammad-Hasan Hosseinian, Masume Dair
Director
Director
Majid Majidi
Genres
Genres
Drama, Family Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent A Separation on DVD A Separation
Synopsis
An Iranian husband and wife split up over his decision to stay and care for his aging father instead of leaving the country with his family. But his fateful choice to hire a stranger to do most of the caretaking breeds unexpected consequences.
Cast
Cast
Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi, Merila Zare'i, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi, Kimia Hosseini, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh, Sahabanu Zolghadr
Director
Director
Asghar Farhadi
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign Dramas, Tearjerkers, Iran, Foreign Languages
Rent The Stoning of Soraya M. on DVD The Stoning of Soraya M.
Synopsis
Set in 1986 Iran at the start of Khomeini's reign, director Cyrus Nowrasteh's drama tells the true story of Soraya (Mozhan Marnò), whose husband plots to have her falsely accused of adultery so he can divorce her and marry a young girl. French journalist Freidoune (Jim Caviezel) is pulled into Soraya's tragic story when he meets a desperate woman named Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo).
Cast
Cast
Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mozhan Marnò, Jim Caviezel, Navid Negahban, Ali Pourtash, David Diaan, Vida Ghahremani
Director
Director
Cyrus Nowrasteh
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Color of Paradise on DVD The Color of Paradise
Synopsis
Awash in the sights and sounds of an Iranian summer, this moving family drama stars Mohsen Ramezani as Mohammed, an 8-year-old blind boy whose poor widower father (Hossein Mahjoub) nearly abandons him at a school for blind children. Welcomed home by his grandmother and sisters, the bright boy is eager to immerse himself in the world of the seeing -- but his father fears Mohammed may hinder his attempts to remarry into a prosperous family.
Cast
Cast
Mohsen Ramezani, Hossein Mahjoub, Salime Feizi, Farahnaz Safari, Salameh Feyzi, Elham Sharifi
Director
Director
Majid Majidi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Must-See, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Kandahar on DVD Kandahar
Synopsis
Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf lenses this haunting drama that was shot during the Taliban era. The movie follows an Afghani-Canadian woman as she attempts to enter Afghanistan in search of her depressed sister. Since it's illegal for a woman to travel alone in Afghanistan, she must rely on the kindness of strangers, including a scrappy boy and a mysterious American doctor.
Cast
Cast
Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri
Director
Director
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Turtles Can Fly on DVD Turtles Can Fly
Synopsis
Residents of an Iraqi Kurdistan village await the violent arrival of the invading U.S Army. A young boy named Satellite (Soran Ebrahim) helps clear minefields and installs equipment that brings in news from the outside world. Meanwhile, three orphans wander aimlessly, the victims of tragic happenstance. As Saddam is removed from power, these innocent children must confront the harsh reality that awaits them. Bahman Ghobadi directs.
Cast
Cast
Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman, Abdol Rahman Karim, Ajil Zibari
Director
Director
Bahman Ghobadi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Circumstance on DVD Circumstance
Synopsis
Vivacious young Iranian girls Atafeh and Shireen discover their burgeoning sexuality, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.
Cast
Cast
Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho, Amir Barghashi, Fariborz Daftari, Keon Mohajeri, Sina Amedson, Amir Hossein Soleimani, Siro Fazlian
Director
Director
Maryam Keshavarz
Genres
Genres
Drama, LGBT, Romantic Dramas, Steamy Romance, LGBT Dramas, Indie Dramas, Romantic LGBT, Indie Romance, Lesbian, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Steamy Romance, Foreign LGBT, Foreign Romance, Foreign Languages, Iran
Rent Offside on DVD Offside
Synopsis
In director Jafar Panahi's offbeat Iranian tale, several girls find themselves arrested after posing as boys to sneak into a soccer stadium to see a key international qualifying match. It's illegal for Iranian women to attend sports events, so the gate-crashers end up in a holding pen waiting for authorities. But a sympathetic guard watching through a peephole describes the action for the girls, who are eager to know what's happening in the game.
Cast
Cast
Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Golnaz Farmani, Mahnaz Zabihi, Nazanin Sediq-zadeh, Melika Shafahi, Safdar Samandar, Mohammad Kheir-abadi, Masoud Kheymeh-kabood, Mohammed-Reza Gharebaghi, Hadi Saeedi, Masoud Gheyas-vand, Ali Baradari
Director
Director
Jafar Panahi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Song of Sparrows on DVD The Song of Sparrows
Synopsis
In this well-crafted Iranian drama, a broken hearing aid and a wayward bird become catalysts for a career change and sudden prosperity, as well as an ethical and spiritual quandary, for ostrich wrangler Karim (Reza Naji). Fired from his ranch job after one of his charges escapes, Karim sets off to get his daughter's hearing aid fixed in Tehran, where he's mistaken for a motorcycle cabbie -- and soon his fares and travels begin to warp his values.
Cast
Cast
Reza Naji, Maryam Akbari, Kamran Dehgan, Hamed Aghazi, Shabnam Akhlaghi, Neshat Nazari, Akram Najafi, Mohsen Ahangaranachi, Zeinab Sohrabi
Director
Director
Majid Majidi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Taste of Cherry on DVD Taste of Cherry
Synopsis
In Iranian director's Abbas Kiarostami's award-winning drama, Mister Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives about Tehran looking for someone to bury him when he commits suicide -- or rescue him if he fails. But it's difficult to find anyone who will help. A taxidermist (Abdolrahman Bagheri) eventually agrees, mostly so he can use the money to care for his sick son. But there's another reason -- he once attempted suicide himself.
Cast
Cast
Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Bakhtiari, Ali Moradi, Hossein Noori
Director
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Must-See, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent About Elly on DVD About Elly
Synopsis
After years abroad, Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini) returns to his native Iran to recover from his recent divorce, where he joins some old pals on a trip to the Caspian Sea. His friend also invites Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young teacher who may be the cure for Ahmad's broken heart. But when Elly mysteriously disappears, the group is forced to review their actions to figure out what happened to her in this thoughtful Iranian drama.
Cast
Cast
Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Marila Zare'i, Peyman Moaadi, Mani Haghighi, Ahmad Mehranear, Rana Azadvar, Saber Abbar
Director
Director
Asghar Farhadi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent The Day I Became a Woman on DVD The Day I Became a Woman
Synopsis
Tracing the stories of three characters -- a child on the brink of maturity; a young wife who defies her husband; and an elderly woman seeking material comfort -- this poetic drama is an unsettling vision of what it means to be female in Iran.
Cast
Cast
Fatemeh Cherag Akhar, Hassan Nebhan, Shahr Banou Sisizadeh, Ameneh Passand, Shabnam Toloui, Sirous Kahvarinegad, Mahram Zeinal Zadeh, Azizeh Sedighi, Badr Iravani
Director
Director
Marzieh Meshkini
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Marooned in Iraq on DVD Marooned in Iraq
Synopsis
In this drama from director Bahman Ghobadi, the Iran-Iraq war has just ended, and aging Iranian-Kurd musician Mirza is determined to find his wife, Hanareh, a talented singer who ran away to Iraqi Kurdistan with his best friend. Fearing she may be in jeopardy there, Mirza convinces his two sons, also musicians, to join him on his journey to find her. Music, danger and romance blend into Ghobadi's touching look at the oppression of his people.
Cast
Cast
Shahab Ebrahimi, Iran Ghobadi, Faegh Mohamadi, Allah-Morad Rashtian
Director
Director
Bahman Ghobadi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions
Rent The Willow Tree on DVD The Willow Tree
Synopsis
College professor Youssef (Parviz Parastui) never let his blindness stand in the way of a rich life, but when he undergoes experimental surgery in France, he's thrilled to have his sight restored -- even though he now faces many new adjustments. Returning to Iran, Youssef struggles to reconcile reality with the images created in his mind's eye for years. Award-winning director Majid Majidi co-wrote the screenplay for this bittersweet drama.
Cast
Cast
Parviz Parastui, Roya Taymourian, Afarin Obeisi, Mohammad Amir Naji, Melika Eslafi, Leila Outadi, Mahmoud Behraznia, Dawlat Asadi, Ahmad Gavaheri
Director
Director
Majid Majidi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Leila on DVD Leila
Synopsis
For newlyweds Reza and Leila, domestic bliss comes to a halt when Leila learns she can't conceive. Enter Reza's domineering mother, who urges Reza to take a second wife. Soon, the meddling mom enlists the whole family to help find a suitable bride.
Cast
Cast
Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Jamileh Sheikhi, Amir Pievar
Director
Director
Dariush Mehrjui
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Romance, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent This Is Not a Film on DVD This Is Not a Film
Synopsis
When the Iranian government banned director Jafar Panahi from making a film for 20 years, he titled his next project This Is Not a Film. The resulting documentary covers a day in Panahi's life as he reflects on his unhappy situation.
Cast
Cast
Jafar Panahi
Director
Director
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Iran
Rent The Queen and I on DVD The Queen and I
Synopsis
Nahid Persson Sarvestani's thought-provoking documentary about her friendship with Queen Farah, the Shah of Iran's wife, demonstrates how even those at odds can find middle ground and understanding as the conversation becomes political and personal.
Cast
Cast
Queen Farah, Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Zinat S. Lloyd, Kambiz Atabai
Director
Director
Nahid Persson Sarvestani
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Iran, Scandinavia, Farsi Language, Swedish Language
Rent Gabbeh on DVD Gabbeh
Synopsis
In this poetic film from Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an elderly couple is involved in the ritual of cleaning their gabbeh a beautiful, intricately designed rug. Suddenly, a woman who resembles one of the figures depicted on the carpet emerges from the gabbeh. She recounts the history of her nomadic clan and the story of her love for a man from outside her tribe. This magical musing on love and art won numerous film festival awards.
Cast
Cast
Abbas Sayah, Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami, Parvaneh Ghalandari
Director
Director
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Romantic Dramas, Foreign Romance, Foreign Dramas, Farsi Language, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent No One Knows About Persian Cats on DVD No One Knows About Persian Cats
Synopsis
What do you do when you can't play music in your homeland, but you can't leave your country to play it abroad either? This is the dilemma faced by an Iranian guy and gal who, fresh on the heels of their prison release, decide to form a rock band. Despite having drive and ambition to spare, the wannabe rockers are stymied by lack of passports, lack of funds and lack of musicians who're willing to leave Iran in this drama from Bahman Ghobadi.
Cast
Cast
Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad, Hichkas, Hamed Seyyed Javadi, Ash Koosha
Director
Director
Bahman Ghobadi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Close-Up on DVD Close-Up
Synopsis
Blending documentary trial footage with dramatic reenactments, director Abbas Kiarostami depicts the intriguing true story of Hossain Sabzian, a semi-employed Iranian who takes advantage of a family's kindness by claiming to be a famous filmmaker. Starring the actual people involved in this unusual series of events, this fascinating film explores complex themes such as identity, deception and truth.
Cast
Cast
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi, Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni, Hossain Sabzian
Director
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Half Moon on DVD Half Moon
Synopsis
Mamo, a renowned Kurdish musician, is granted permission to cross the border to stage a concert in Iraqi Kurdistan, but the aging artist stirs up trouble by trying to bring a female singer out of Iran, which bars performances by women. Mamo and his entourage must outwit the Iranian border guards in this compelling film from Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi that shines a light on a rarely seen part of the Middle Eastern world.
Cast
Cast
Ismail Ghaffari, Allah-Morad Rashtian, Hedye Tehrani, Kambiz Arshi, Sadiq Behzadpoor, Golshifteh Farahani, Reza Haj Khosravi, Mohamad Nahid, Ali Ashraf Rezai
Director
Director
Bahman Ghobadi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions
Rent Blackboards on DVD Blackboards
Synopsis
Wandering teachers travel to Iranian Kurdistan, near the border of Iraq. They carry blackboards on their backs that they use to take cover from army helicopters hovering overhead. An old man asks one of them, Said (Saeed Mohamadi), for help reading a letter from his son. His colleague Reeboir (Bahman Ghobadi) attempts to persuade a band of young thieves to allow him to teach them. Both find their lives taking unexpected turns.
Cast
Cast
Said Mohamadi, Behnaz Jafari, Bahman Ghobadi, Rafat Moradi, Mohamad Karim Rahmati
Director
Director
Samira Makhmalbaf
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Iran, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Regions
Rent Fireworks Wednesday on DVD Fireworks Wednesday
Synopsis
As fireworks light the sky on the eve of the Persian New Year, a young Iranian maid named Rouhi begins a new job working for a middle-class couple whose marriage is on the verge of implosion. The tension mounts when Rouhi's employer decides to use her as a spy to determine whether her husband is being unfaithful. Asghar Farhadi directs this Farsi-language drama that offers a rare glimpse of private life in modern-day Iran.
Cast
Cast
Hedye Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Hamid Farokhnezad, Pantea Bahram, Sahar Dolatshahi, Mehran Mahram, Hooman Seyadi, Behshad Sharifian
Director
Director
Asghar Farhadi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Hunter on DVD The Hunter
Synopsis
After murdering two police officers, a young man flees to the woods, where another pair of cops apprehends him. But the men find themselves lost in the twists and turns of the dark forest, and roles become blurred as they try to find their way out. In addition to writing the screenplay and directing, Rafi Pitts stars in this tense Iranian drama, along with Mitra Hajjar, Naser Madahi and Malek Jahan Khazai.
Cast
Cast
Rafi Pitts, Mitra Hajjar, Ali Nicksaulat, Hassan Ghalenoi, Manoochehr Rahimi, Ismaïl Amani, Naser Madahi, Ali Mazinani, Ossta Shah Tir, Malek Jahan Khazai, Saba Yaghoobi
Director
Director
Rafi Pitts
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Thrillers, Foreign Dramas, Iran
Rent The Deserted Station on DVD The Deserted Station
Synopsis
This lyrical film asks what happens next when a couple is stranded in a small village after their car breaks down. While the husband and a local schoolteacher make the necessary repairs, the wife forms a bond with the town's children.
Cast
Cast
Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi, Mahmood Pakniat, Mohsen Behdaneh, Mohammad Beigy
Director
Director
Alireza Raisian
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Iron Island on DVD Iron Island
Synopsis
Holed up in an abandoned oil tanker with rusty rooms and a flooding hull, a society of squatters composed of marginalized Arab minorities is slowly sinking, despite the efforts of its self-appointed leader (Ali Nassirian). Helmed by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, this deftly paced allegorical drama makes a poignant statement about life in the modern Muslim world. Hossein Farzi-Zadeh co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Ali Nassirian, Hossein Farzi-Zadeh, Neda Pakdaman
Director
Director
Mohammad Rasoulof
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Cease Fire on DVD Cease Fire
Synopsis
In search of a divorce attorney, high-powered project engineer Sayeh (Mahnaz Afshar) winds up in a psychiatrist's office, where she recounts the stormy fights she's had with her spoiled contractor husband (Mohammad Reza Golzar). Before long, the shrink has the bickering couple investigating their inner children. Director Tahmineh Milani tackles gender inequalities in Iran with a humorous touch in this romantic comedy.
Cast
Cast
Mohammad Reza Golzar, Mahnaz Afshar
Director
Director
Tahmineh Milani
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Comedies, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Romance, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Under the Skin of the City on DVD Under the Skin of the City
Synopsis
This urban drama focuses on Tuba (Golab Adineh), a woman who works at a grueling textile factory in Iran and returns home every night to deal with her raucous, dysfunctional family. The many crises she must pull her family through include a daughter who's pregnant and married to a man who beats her regularly and a son who, desperate to find a means to support the family, gets involved in a drug deal that nearly costs him his life.
Cast
Cast
Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari, Ebrahin Sheibani, Mohsen Ghazi Moradi, Homeira Riazi, Ali Osivand, Mehraveh Sharifinia
Director
Director
Rakhshan Bani Etemad
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Women's Prison on DVD Women's Prison
Synopsis
Chronicling the grim life of women in an Iranian prison, director Manijeh Hekmat paints a powerful metaphorical portrait in this insightful drama. Serving a lengthy sentence for patricide, insolent Mitra (Roya Nonahali) finds herself on the wrong side of a new warden (Roya Taymourian) who's determined to break the outspoken inmate for protesting against inhumane treatment and challenging government dogma.
Cast
Cast
Roya Nonahali, Roya Taymourian, Pegah Ahangarani, Golab Adineh, Maryam Boubani
Director
Director
Manijeh Hekmat
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Donya on DVD Donya
Synopsis
When Donya (Hediyeh Tehrani) returns to Iran after spending some time in America, she seeks help from real estate broker Haj Reza Enayat (Mohammad Reza Sharifinia) to rent a house. Although Haj Reza has a wife (Gohare Kheyrandish) and three children, he soon falls in love with Donya. In a bold move, he sends his wife and daughter to Karbala and then marries Donya. But what will happen when his wife return from her travels and finds out?
Cast
Cast
Hedye Tehrani, Mohamad Reza Sharifinia, Gohar Kheirandish
Director
Director
Manouchehr Mosayeri
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Romance, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The House Is Black on DVD The House Is Black
Synopsis
Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad's documentary bravely delves into the world of people suffering from leprosy. Farrokhzad composed the poetic narration for her highly stylized and moving film, which depicts the realities of living with the disease, from daily routines to physical challenges and societal stigma. Extras include an interview with poet Pooran Farrokhzad (Forough's sister) and two short films by Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Cast
Cast
Pooran Farrokhzad
Director
Director
Forugh Farrokhzad
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Googoosh: Iran's Daughter on DVD Googoosh: Iran's Daughter
Synopsis
Once Iran's most famous pop singer, Googoosh was forbidden to perform or record music as a result of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Filmmaker Farhad Zamani tells her story in this documentary and examines how the revolution transformed Iranian culture.
Cast
Cast
Googoosh
Director
Director
Farhad Zamani
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent The Silence on DVD The Silence
Synopsis
Set in Tajikistan, this deeply affecting film from celebrated Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf stars Nadereh Abdelahyeva, Tahmineh Normatova and Goibibi Ziadolahyeva. In this moving tale, a young, blind apprentice who works to keep musical instruments in tip-top shape grows highly attuned to his surroundings, too, finding the rhythms of his days and nights and sharpening his sensitivity to the melody of everyday life.
Cast
Cast
Tahmineh Normatova, Nadereh Abdelahyeva, Golbibi Ziadolahyeva, Araz M Mohamadli, Hakem Ghassem
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Shirin on DVD Shirin
Synopsis
Renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami turns the tables on his film audience as he allows us to watch while moviegoers take in a touching performance of <i>Khosrow and Shirin</i>, a legendary 12th-century Persian love poem. Though the performance isn't visible, the reactions on the faces of more than 100 famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star reveal the deep emotions of the famous piece.
Cast
Cast
Golshifteh Farahani, Mahnaz Afshar, Niki Karimi, Juliette Binoche, Taraneh Alidoosti, Pegah Ahangarani, Soraya Ghasemi, Fatemeh Gudarzi, Leila Hatami, Mahtab Karamati
Director
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran
Rent Men at Work on DVD Men at Work
Synopsis
An allegorical comedy, this Iranian film follows the strange quest of four old friends who become obsessed with shoving over a giant rock. Their absurd efforts to upturn the phallic-shaped boulder begin to reveal some deeper issues.
Cast
Cast
Reza Kianian, Mahmoud Kalari, Fatemeh Motamedaria
Director
Director
Mani Haghighi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Comedies, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Hamoun on DVD Hamoun
Synopsis
When Hamid, a graduate student struggling to finish his dissertation, realizes his wife no longer loves him, he tries to excavate the remains of his relationship so he can finally understand how it all went wrong.
Cast
Cast
Ezzatolah Entezami, Bita Farahi, Sedigheh Kianfar, Turan Mehrzad, Jalal Moghadam, Fathali Oveisi, Amrollah Saberi, Hossein Sarshar, Khosro Shakibai, Anik Shefrazian, Asadollah Yekta
Director
Director
Dariush Mehrjui
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine on DVD Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine
Synopsis
Bahman Farmanara directs this drama and plays the protagonist, Bahman Farjami, a graying director (think an Iranian Woody Allen) who continues to mourn his recently deceased wife. When he gets to the graveyard, it appears a mix-up has occurred: The plot Bahman has reserved for himself, adjacent to his wife's grave, has been mistakenly occupied. Distraught and confused, Bahman decides to stage and film his own funeral.
Cast
Cast
Bahman Farmanara, Roya Nonahali, Reza Kianian, Hossien Kasbian, Firooz Behjat Mahamadi, Mahtaj Noojoomi, Parivash Nazarieh
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Maxx on DVD Maxx
Synopsis
A fresh and fun musical comedy, this Iranian smash hit tells a tale of mistaken identity. Los Angeles hip-hop artist Maxx accepts an invitation to perform at a music festival in Tehran -- and he receives an extremely warm welcome upon his arrival. But what he doesn't know is that everyone thinks he's a prominent symphony conductor with a similar name. When authorities discover they've invited a rapper to their event, riotous chaos ensues.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Saman Moghaddam
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Musicals, Farsi Language, Foreign Comedies, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Unwanted Woman on DVD The Unwanted Woman
Synopsis
After enduring years of abuse by her philandering spouse (Amin Hayayee), put-upon Sima (Marila Zare'i) suffers an even lower blow when he announces that she must help him on a trip with his mistress, Saba. The humiliated Sima has to accompany them -- with Saba posing as a cousin -- because Iran's laws prevent unwed couples from consorting in public. Along the way, a storm traps the travelers in an isolated town &#8230; with a killer on the loose.
Cast
Cast
Marila Zare'i, Amin Hayayee
Director
Director
Tahmineh Milani
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Born Under Libra on DVD Born Under Libra
Synopsis
When university student Daniel falls for a girl whose father is leading the charge for segregated classrooms, he becomes the target of unwanted violence. Fleeing Tehran together, the young lovers make their way to the countryside, but their attempts to come home are fraught with peril. This Iranian drama is perhaps more famous for the headlines it drew when its director, Ahmad Reza Darvish, was kidnapped by extremists -- and later rescued.
Cast
Cast
Mohammad Reza Forutan, Mitra Hajjar, Mahmud Azizi, Hossein Razi, Farshid Zareie Fard
Director
Director
Ahmad Reza Darvish
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Soul Mate on DVD Soul Mate
Synopsis
A lonely man with a troubled past finds a new lease on life in Iranian director Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh's heartwarming tale. After being released from a mental institution, Behrouz is ready to begin his life all over again. When he meets Shirin, he falls madly in love, and the two marry on a crazy impulse. Sensing excitement in the wind, Behrouz and Shirin embark on a series of wondrous adventures. Roya Nonahali stars.
Cast
Cast
Roya Nonahali, Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh, Farhad Sharifi
Director
Director
Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Romance, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Day Break on DVD Day Break
Synopsis
The agony of waiting to learn his fate takes a toll on the psyche of convicted killer Mansour (Hosein Yari), whose life hangs in the balance in director Hamid Rahmanian's taut drama filmed in a Tehran jail. Under Islamic law, in capital cases it falls to the victim's family to either condemn or mercifully spare the offender. But when they repeatedly fail to appear on the chosen day, Mansour is left in a torturous psychological purgatory.
Cast
Cast
Hosein Yari
Director
Director
Hamid Rahmanian
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Manuscripts Don't Burn on DVD Manuscripts Don't Burn
Synopsis
This Iranian drama is based on a dark chapter in the nation's history: the murder of more than 80 individuals seen as threats to order. In this fictionalized account, two security enforcers set out to execute a dissident writer and seize his memoirs.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Mohammad Rasoulof
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Indie Dramas, Political Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Languages, Iran
Rent Our Times on DVD Our Times
Synopsis
Renowned Iranian director Rakshan Bani-Etemad fashions a captivating account of the 2002 elections -- and the role of women -- in her native country. The story begins with the preparations made by a handful of women with political aspirations; they dream of leading their nation into a new era, one in which women are treated as men's equals. The dream is most dear to one candidate in particular, who aims for the highest office: president.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Iran, Foreign Documentaries, Farsi Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent It's Winter on DVD It's Winter
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Iranian writer-director Rafi Pitts tells the story of the fiery and free-spirited Marhab (Ali Nicksaulat), a mechanic newly moved to a bleak suburb of Tehran, where he struggles to put together a life worth living in a harsh and oppressive environment. Hopes for a brighter future emerge when he romances the widowed Khatoun (Mitra Hajjar), but soon, the couple discovers that the cruel realities of life are not easily cheated.
Cast
Cast
Mitra Hajjar, Ali Nicksaulat, Said Orkani, Hashem Abdi, Zahra Jafari, Naser Madahi, Safari Ghassemi, Valiollah Sali, Hossein Hadgbegi
Director
Director
Rafi Pitts
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Farsi Language, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Forbidden Chapter on DVD The Forbidden Chapter
Synopsis
When an Iranian detective (Faramarz Gharibian) is sent to his hometown of Mashad to find the serial killer who's been knocking off the town's prostitutes, he quickly learns that not everyone is eager for him to solve the crime. Aided by a sassy young hooker (Negar Abedi), he's shocked when his search leads him straight to a religious school. There, he finds a headmaster who's molding religious fanatics and is in collusion with the local police.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Farsi Language, Iran, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Friday's Soldiers on DVD Friday's Soldiers
Synopsis
Four soldiers on leave head to the big city and wind up undergoing life-changing experiences in Iranian filmmaker Massoud Kimiayi's drama. With their commander along to ensure they behave, the battle-weary soldiers visit Tehran for some much-needed R and R. As they adapt to the hustle and bustle of the city, the men embark on adventures that will affect them forever. Mohammed Reza Forutan and Merila Zare'ee star.
Cast
Cast
Mohammad Reza Forutan, Bahram Radan, Farzaneh Arastoo, Pejman Bazeghi, Marila Zarei, Saeed Rohani, Siavash Shamloo, Kianoosh Gerami, Haids Fooladvand, Davoud Emadi
Director
Director
Masud Kimiai
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Farsi Language, Military & War Dramas, Iran, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent White Dream on DVD White Dream
Synopsis
Director Hamid Jebelli also stars in his bittersweet film about a mentally challenged man searching for the woman of his dreams. Reza (Jebelli) works as an assistant for a bridal store in Tehran, delivering gowns on his bicycle and dressing the mannequins. After a mannequin of particular importance loses its head, Reza loses his own -- for a beautiful but unattainable customer. Elizabeth Amini, Soghra Karimi and Yousef Yousef co-star.
Cast
Cast
Hamid Jebeli, Soghra Karimi, Elizabet Amini
Director
Director
Hamid Jebeli
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Romance, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Black Tape on DVD Black Tape
Synopsis
Told entirely through footage captured on a video camera given to the film's protagonist, this intense Iranian drama tells the story of Goli (Shilan Rhamani), a Kurdish girl forced to marry a retired military officer. At first, the captured footage is happy (if absurd), but when Goli's husband discovers she's learned to read, it turns ugly. Soon, Goli is planning her escape, while her husband is taking steps to ensure she remains his prisoner.
Cast
Cast
Parviz Moass, Farzin Saboni, Shilan Rhamani
Director
Director
Fariborz Kamkari
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Art House, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent 20 Fingers on DVD 20 Fingers
Synopsis
Presented in a series of vignettes, this intensely intimate drama chronicles the lives of seven Iranian couples (played in each episode by Mania Akbari, who also wrote and directed, and Bijan Daneshmand) whose wrenching conversations reflect the many challenges facing men and women in contemporary Iran. Akbari's unflinching film scored the Grand Prize at the Bahamas International Film Festival and an award at the Venice Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Mania Akbari, Bijan Daneshmand
Director
Director
Mania Akbari
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Snowman on DVD Snowman
Synopsis
Desperate to immigrate to the United States, Abbas (Akbar Abdi), a young Turkish man, decides to disguise himself as a woman and attempt to dupe an American man into marrying him, thus making him a full-fledged U.S. citizen. Directed by Davoud Mir-Bagheri, this uproarious Iranian comedy about passing as the opposite sex caused quite a stir when released in its native country. Dariush Arjmand and Parviz Parastui also star.
Cast
Cast
Akbar Abdi, Dariush Arjmand, Parviz Parastui, Azita Hajian, Mohamad Reza Sharifinia
Director
Director
Davood Mir-Bagheri
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Comedies, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Delbaran on DVD Delbaran
Synopsis
Escaping the war in his native Afghanistan, young Kaim (Kaim Alizadeh) slips illegally into the Iranian border town of Delbaran, where he finds work in a small coffee shop and tries to forge a new life. Clinging to a precarious thread of hope in the midst of war and the opium trade, Kaim must also duck the Iranian police and contend with the specter of unemployment as the caf&#233; faces hard times. Abolfazl Jalili directs this touching, funny drama.
Cast
Cast
Kaim Alizadeh, Rahmatollah Ebrahimi, Hossein Hashemian, Ahmad Mahdavi, Ebrahim Ebrahimzadeh, Teymour Shamsi, Kobra Birjandi
Director
Director
Abolfazl Jalili
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran
Rent Pastry Girl on DVD Pastry Girl
Synopsis
Although he's been in love with Niloo, a pastry girl, for decades, Saeed hasn't been able to marry her. That's because their families are bitter enemies, and neither clan wants the star-crossed lovers to have a "happily ever after." But when the couple's kin finally acquiesce to a wedding, the momentous occasion is stalled once again by a fight. Will Niloo and Saeed ever be together? Or are they doomed by their relatives' resistance?
Cast
Cast
Iraj Tahmasb, Fatemeh Motamed Aria, Sorayya Ghasemi, Hamid Jebeli, Ghasem Zare
Director
Director
Iraj Tahmasb
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Comedies, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Romance, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral  on DVD A Few Kilos of Dates for a Funeral
Synopsis
After a highway detour isolates their gas station, Sadry and his assistant, Yadi, dream about romance as life passes them by in this comic drama from Iran. With few customers and constant snow, their secret lives take on great significance to them. Meanwhile, the local postman stops by periodically to share in their dreams. Directed by Saman Salur, the film features stunning black-and-white cinematography.
Cast
Cast
Mohsen Tanabandeh, Mohsen Namjoo, Nader Fallah, Mahmud Nazar-Alian, Hossein Rashid-Ghamat, Reza Tarhani
Director
Director
Saman Salur
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Going By on DVD Going By
Synopsis
After spending years as a prominent film critic in Iran, Iraj Karimi climbs into the director's chair, marking his feature-film debut by following four separate cars making their way from Tehran to the northern countryside on the same day. While each of the characters profiled has his or her own motivations for the journey, the snippets of conversation they share reveal a commonality that binds them together.
Cast
Cast
Mehran Rajabi, Nazanin Farahani, Mehrdad Mohtashami, Shahrokh Foroutanian, Fariba Kamran
Director
Director
Iraj Karimi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Mirror of the Soul on DVD The Mirror of the Soul
Synopsis
Celebrated Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad -- whose inventive and sometimes erotic work often placed her at the center of controversy -- is the subject of this three-part documentary from director Nasser Saffarian. Combining interviews with family and friends with footage of Farrokhzad shot by Bernardo Bertolucci, the film provides a revealing look at the life and work (which also spanned theater and film) of a remarkable artist.
Cast
Cast
Forough Farrokhzad
Director
Director
Nasser Saffarian
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Farsi Language, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Letters in the Wind on DVD Letters in the Wind
Synopsis
Director Ali Reza Amini fashions an inspired examination of military might and how it transforms the young men of Iran. Trained under the harshest conditions in the mountains near Tehran, naifs are made over into brutal soldiers. But when one recruit begins to play a tape recording of a woman's voice, the soldiers are reminded of the beauty of life -- a hopeful message that spreads and eventually changes the men's world view.
Cast
Cast
Faramarz Hashemzade, Taghi Hushemi
Director
Director
Ali Reza Amini
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Farsi Language, Military & War Dramas, Iran, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Silence of the Sea on DVD Silence of the Sea
Synopsis
Middle-aged Iranian Siavash (Masoud Rayegany) -- an expatriate living comfortably in Sweden with his wife and children -- yearns to return to his native land for a visit in this haunting allegorical drama from director Vahid Mousaian. But there's a problem: Siavash left Iran illegally, forcing him to try to get home through the free port of Qeshm Island to elude authorities &#8230; and leaving him in a state of limbo.
Cast
Cast
Masoud Rayegany, Hossein Sheydaie
Director
Director
Vahid Mousaian
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent A Thousand Women Like Me on DVD A Thousand Women Like Me
Synopsis
When Sharzad (Niki Karimi), an attorney in Iran, loses custody of her diabetic son following a divorce, she finds her world turned upside down. With the courts biased in favor of her ex-husband, Sharzad must find the strength to change her circumstances. Reminiscent of Lars von Trier's heroines, Sharzad is representative of other modern Iranian women struggling to be heard in a country that is still a patriarchal society at heart.
Cast
Cast
Niki Karimi, Fariburz Arabnia, Faramarz Sadighi, Nikoo Kheradmand
Director
Director
Reza Karimi
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions
Rent The Twilight on DVD The Twilight
Synopsis
Mohammad Rosoulof's evocative film reveals the goings-on in an Iranian prison, one in which real inmates have been recruited to participate in the telling of a story about a warden who sets a series of change in motion when he allows a male and female prisoner to marry. When their once-a-week togetherness produces a child and, ultimately, a family, they're met with the harsh reality of life on the outside.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Mohammad Rosoulof
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Farsi Language, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Superstar on DVD Superstar
Synopsis
Red-hot movie star and notorious ladies' man Kourosh (Shahab Hosseini) exploits his fame for every pleasure it can bring him, never mind the consequences. That is, until one day a teenage girl (Fataneh Malekmohamadi) shows up and announces that she's his daughter. Now, as the girl cramps his bachelor lifestyle, Kourosh slowly discovers the unique joys of being a responsible adult. This drama from Iranian director Tahmineh Milani co-stars Nasrin Moghanloo.
Cast
Cast
Shahab Hosseini, Fataneh Malekmohamadi, Mohammad Reza Sharifinia, Nasrin Moghanloo, Afsaneh Bayegan, Elasa Firoozfar, Fariba Kowsari, Leyla Zareh
Director
Director
Tahmineh Milani
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty on DVD Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary explores the life of Persian writer Ahmad Shamlou, who was nominated for the Noble Prize in Literature in 1984 and is considered to be one of Iran's most significant poets. Involved in social and political issues, Shamlou faced the banning of his books and spent time in jail for his writings. Numerous prominent Iranian artists, literary historians and other experts provide insight on this remarkable man.
Cast
Cast
Ayda Shamlou, Simin Behbahani, Bahram Beyza'i Iran Darroudi, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, Mohammad Ghazi, Mohammad Hoghough, I Abbas Kia-Rostami, Javad Mojabi, Zia Movahhed, Esmail Nouriala, Mohammad Ali Sepanlou, Pouran Soltani, Naser Taghva'i
Director
Director
Moslem Mansouri
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Iran, Foreign Regions
Rent Siavash on DVD Siavash
Synopsis
On the eve of his first show, rock musician Siavash (Ali Ghorbanzadeh) makes a pilgrimage to the grave of his late father, killed during the Iran-Iraq War. But soon thereafter, a friend reveals that Siavash's father is still alive, a POW being held in Tehran. With the help of his girlfriend (Hedyeh Tehrani), Siavash struggles to make sense of the news. Saman Moghadam wrote and directed this portrait of young Iranians in the aftermath of war.
Cast
Cast
Ali Ghorbanzadeh, Hedye Tehrani, Mehdi Khayami, Rahman Bagherian, Ramin Rastad
Director
Director
Saman Moghaddam
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Dramas, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Dress Rehearsal: The Brave Hurr's Ta'Zieh on DVD Dress Rehearsal: The Brave Hurr's Ta'Zieh
Synopsis
From Iranian new wave director Nasser Taghvai comes this cinematic exploration of the ta'zieh, described by the filmmaker as "the only original dramatic art of the Islamic world." The story surrounds Brave Hurr, a onetime enemy of the Imam who eventually joins forces with the holy leader. The ta'zieh is usually performed in the streets and is told through a mixture of Mohammad's sayings, the Koran and Iranian folklore.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Nasser Taghvai
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Iran, Farsi Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
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