The Persian Version
Winner, U.S. Audience Award & U.S. Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Sundance Film Festival (2023)
14A, mature theme & language.
Dir: Maryam Keshavarz.
US, 2023, 107 min.
Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Kamand Shafieisabet.
“Sometimes we are much more like our parents than we suspect. Writer/director Maryam Keshavarz has crafted a funny and poignant story which centers on Leila, an Iranian American trying to balance the expectations of her family with her own individuality. But when her large family reunites in New York for her father’s heart transplant, the onion is peeled and many family secrets are uncovered. It turns out that Leila and her mother Shireen, who have been at odds for most of their life, have more in common than they realize… The Persian Version is a film that is a visually colorful and vibrant celebration of how immigrant families traverse two cultures only to find that the real divides are often within our own families.” —Josh Flanders, Chicago Reader