The Persian Version


The Main 3 Fri, Jan 12 7:00 PM
Film Info
Program:Iranian Film Showcase
Release Year:2023
Runtime:107 min
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Women Directors
Director:Maryam Keshavarz
Executive Producer:Nyla Hazratjee
Amy Nauiokas
Producer:Anne Carey
Ben Howe
Luca Borghese
Maryam Keshavarz
Cory Neal
Peter Block
Cinematographer:André Jäger
Screenwriter:Maryam Keshavarz
Editor:Abolfazl Talooni
Joanne Yarrow
Composer:Rostam Batmanglij
Principal Cast:Layla Mohammadi
Niousha Noor
Kamand Shafieisabet
Bijan Daneshmand
Bella Warda
Chiara Stella
Tom Byrne
Shervin Alenabi


Screening January 12 at 7:00pm

About the Film

Coming from two countries at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila (Layla Mohammadi) strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while boldly challenging the labels society is so quick to project upon her. When her family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila navigates her relationships at arm’s length in an effort to keep her “real” life separate from her family life. However, when her secret is unceremoniously revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother Shireen (Niousha Noor). Punctuated by a bright color palette, snappy comedic relief, and vibrant dance numbers, The Persian Version delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended seamlessly into a heartfelt story about family, belonging, and the undeniable influence of pop music.

Winning both the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer-director-producer Maryam Keshavarz delivers a universal and timely story of the Iranian and the Iranian-American experience.

Presented in partnership with the Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective.