NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (2009) [feature]

Iran (MIFF 2009 , International Panorama)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi

“A fast, funny and heartfelt celebration of one of Iran's most marginalised minorities: rock musicians.” - The National

Filmed illegally in the Iranian city of Tehran, No One Knows About Persian Cats ventures into the underground world of Iran's illicit music scene. Lurking on the margins of the city are rappers, metal bands and indie rockers - all playing music banned under Iranian law, but flourishing in underground venues and makeshift rehearsal spaces.

Filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (Half Moon, MIFF 07; A Time for Drunken Horses) uses guerrilla documentary tactics - the crew were arrested twice during filming - to follow the story of Negar and Ashkan, two musicians trying to get the band mates and paperwork they need for an upcoming gig in London.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

--- D Bahman Ghobadi P Bahman Ghobadi, Mehmet Aktas S Bahman Ghobadi, Hossein Mortezaeiyan, Roxana Saberi WS Wild Bunch L Farsi w/English subtitles TD dcp/2009

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