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The Iranian film “Without her” acquired by Picture Tree, launches a trailer


Photo Tree Intl. has acquired the Iranian crossover genre feature film “Without Her” and will present the film to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market at its office in the Marriot Hotel in Berlin. The movie trailer debuts with Variety (below).

In Arian Vazirdaftari’s feature debut, Roya is about to emigrate from Iran when she meets a quiet young woman who seems lost and can’t remember anything. Roya takes her in, provides her with a home, and introduces her to her husband, family, and friends, while blissfully unaware that this woman has come to replace her.

The story of a woman losing her identity delves into the genre tradition of Hitchcock, Polanski and De Palma, while connecting it to the social realism tradition of Iranian cinema, Picture Tree Intl. said in a statement, featuring captivating performances from Iranian actors Tannaz Tabatabaei, Saber Abar and Shadi Karamroudi.

Vazirdaftari said: “Someone who actually loses their identity might seem surreal at first glance, but I guess coming from a background where you’re usually blamed for who you are, it’s as vivid and realistic as it gets, especially if society is determined to define you in its preferred way. Our main protagonist, Roya, learns a simple and tragic lesson: either you change and adapt, or you will be eliminated and replaced by those who do.”

“Without Her” will have its Iranian premiere at the 40th Fajr Film for Festival, which has hosted world premieres of acclaimed feature films like Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning “A Separation” and Academy Award-nominated “Children of Heaven.” Oscars by Majid Majidi, before starting their international travels.

Vazirdaftari’s latest short film “Like a Good Kid” premiered in the Cinefondation competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in 2018. He participated in the Berlinale Script Station in 2021.

“Without Her” was produced by Saeed Saadi and Houman Seyedi, a well-known Iranian actor and director, for Fadak Films.

Photo Tree Intl. will announce other projects before the EFM and will host virtual screenings of its current line-up: “The Painter” by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Germany), darling festival “Farha” (Jordan) by Darin J. Sallam, “70 Is Just a Number” (Finland) by Johanna Vuoksenmaa, “Till Sun Rises” (Sweden), with Mikael Persbrandt, “Chasing the Line” (Austria) by Andreas Schmied and “Contra” (Germany) by Sönke Wortmann.