Beautiful City (image 1)

It’s a penetrating exploration of retribution versus forgiveness, blood money, sacrifice and the intricacies of Iran's Islamic judicial system.

Laura Kern, NY Times

Screened as part of Autumn Events 2013

Beautiful City 2004

Shah-re ziba

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

"Rooted in spectacular performances by Alidoosti and Ansari, Farhadi’s second feature is a human-scale morality play of shattering force.” — Scott Foundas, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Iran In Farsi with English subtitles
101 minutes

Director

Producer

Iraj Taghipoor

Photography

Ali Loghmani

Editor

Shahrzad Pooya

Music

Hamid Reza Sadri

With

Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Ansari, Faramarz Gharibian, Ahoo Kheradmand, Farhad Ghaiemian, Hooshang Heyhavand, Hossein Farzi-Zadeh

Festivals

Fajr, Montreal 2004

“In a juvenile detention facility, 18-year-old Akbar (Hossein Farzi-Zadeh) awaits execution for the murder of his girlfriend when he was 16. Meanwhile, outside the prison walls, paroled petty thief Ala (Babak Ansari) offers to help Akbar's sister, Firoozeh (Taraneh Alidoosti, in the first of her three collaborations with director Farhadi), secure clemency from the dead girl’s vengeful father. As Ala and Firoozeh navigate a complex gauntlet of legal and emotional red tape, they find themselves growing unexpectedly close - a tentative romance skillfully woven into the film’s life-or-death narrative. Rooted in spectacular performances by Alidoosti and Ansari, Farhadi’s second feature is a human-scale morality play of shattering force.” — Scott Foundas, Film Society of Lincoln Center