St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sat, Jul 28, 2018 4:30 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sun, Jul 29, 2018 1:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$7.00
Film Info
Program:MSP Iranian Film Festival
Women Directors
Release Year:2017
Runtime:100 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Daricheh Cinema
Director:Ida Panahandeh
Producer:Mastaneh Mohajer
Cinematographer:Morteza Gheidi
Screenwriter:Arsalan Amiri
Ida Panahandeh
Editor:Hayedeh Safiyari
Composer:Majid Pousti
Principal Cast:Hedieh Tehrani
Pejman Bazeghi
Hoda Zeinolabedin
Merila Zarei
Pouria Rahimi Sam
Filmography:The Story of Davood and the Dove ('11)
Nahid ('15)


Mahi is a widow mourning the death of her only son. One day she bumps into Behrooz, her teenage sweetheart, who had left Iran following the scandal of his relationship with her. Despite their families’ objections, the previous relationship begins to re-assert itself.

Mahi, however, finds out that Behrooz is emotionally involved with a young woman, Sara, who in turn learns of her fiancé’s previous love.

Sara is now in two minds about marrying Behrooz and emigrating to Canada. On the horns of these emotional entanglements the three characters have to make decisions not only about their emotions, but also their future lives.

Director's Statement:

Making my second feature was very challenging after the well-received Nahid. I didn’t want the success of my first feature to inhibit me from innovating in my second. Indeed, I wanted to use a more creative visual language and employ a novel cinematic narration. Through my direction and film editing, I’ve tried to give each character a distinct dimension, but all within the context of a uniform visual and audio style. In this way I hope to portray a love story that is accessible to people of all cultures, whilst also maintaining all that is specific to Iran. The Israfil of the title refers to the archangel who brings the dead back to life on Resurrection day. In our narrative it is love that is rekindled. The film focuses on three main characters and their interpretation of events: two women from different cultures and generations who love a man each in their own way. Rather than giving in to traditional values, they redefine love through today’s emotional requirements. Israfil is thus a modern love story.



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