Fireworks Wednesday (image 1)

Few Iranian films seen stateside — with the exception of Jafar Panahi’s Crimson Gold — have provided such a vivid feel for urban Tehran, or such a stark, credible glimpse into everyday lives.

Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out New York

Screened as part of Autumn Events 2013

Fireworks Wednesday 2006

Chaharshanbeh suri

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

"This compelling, corrosive account of male-female relationships in today’s Tehran is tempered by genuine compassion for the individuals concerned.” — Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

Iran In Farsi with English subtitles
104 minutes

Director

Producer

Jamal Sadatian

Screenplay

Asghar Farhadi, Mani Haghighi

Photography

Hossein Jafarian

Editor

Hayedeh Safiyari

Music

Peyman Yazdanian

With

Hedieh Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Hamid Farokh-Nejad, Pantea Bahram, Matin Heydarnia, Houman Seyedi, Hassan Tasïri, Sahar Dolatshahi

Festivals

Fajr, Locarno 2006

“The titular fireworks are literal – the story takes place as Iranians celebrate New Year by spring-cleaning and lighting firecrackers – and metaphorical: when Rouhi (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young bride-to-be working for a cleaning agency, turns up at the apartment of a couple about to go on holiday, she’s drawn into an explosive domestic conflict. What distinguishes the film is the way Farhadi keeps us guessing as to what exactly is happening and why; repeatedly shifting our point of view, he forces us to question our assumptions about characters and their reliability. This compelling, corrosive account of male-female relationships in today’s Tehran is tempered by genuine compassion for the individuals concerned; wisely, Farhadi never serves judgement on them in their troubled pursuit of truth, love and happiness. Intelligent, illuminating and directed with unflashy expertise.” — Geoff Andrew, Time Out London