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The Persian Version

The Persian Version

The Persian Version

Dir. Maryam Keshavarz
107 min

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.

Film Details

Program: Iranian Film Showcase
Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 107 min
Country/Region: USA
Rating: R
Language: English, Persian
Print Source: Sony Pictures Classics
Tags: Drama, Dramedy, LGBTQ+, 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