JUNKS & DOLLS

Iran / 2023 / 76 min / Persian with English subtitles / Drama

A couple is destined to build up their life in the heart of a waste depot in the heart of Iranian north forests. They begin to do different things with the objects they find and to make friends with the other people… but what remains of the people who are determined to fight their nature?

Phenomenal film supported by brilliant performances by Behdokht Valian and Mohammad Valizadegan as wife & husband, setting out to start a new beginning.  Despite their obstacles – they share a deep love and caring for each other – which makes for a very sweet film and one of my favorites. 

DIRECTOR: Born in 1962, Manijeh Hekmat is one of the prominent figures in political cinema in Iran. In 1995, she started her film career as a producer. In 2002, based on her long studies and field-works, Hekmat directed her debut feature, WOMEN’S PRISON, on the situation of Iranian women prisoners. The film premiered in the Venice Film Festival and then entered the festival circuit. In 2007, her second film, THREE WOMEN, was shown in more than 80 international film festivals starting with Berlinale. She has also directed a number of documentaries – most notably NGOS IN IRAN (2003); ME, MY ROOM AND MY FRIENDS (2004); HUNDRED YEARS PARLIAMENT IN IRAN (2005); WOMEN COME OUT OF THE HOUSE (2006); and THE LULLABY (2016). In 2020, despite the festival cancellations, she made a spectacular comeback to the festival circuit with her 4th feature film, BANDAR BAND, participating in Toronto, Zurich, Mill Valley, Bosphorous, Hainan, etc. and winning the main award in Kolkata.

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DIRECTOR(S): Manijeh Hekmat
SCREENWRITER(S): Manijeh Hekmat, Mehrave Ferdosi
PRODUCER(S): Manijeh Hekmat, Mahshid Ahangarani Farahani
CAST: Behdokht Valian, Mohammad Valizadegan, Reza Koolagahni, Raja Jafari, Jahan Yaghoubi, Yamna Hosseinzadeh

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