Films

Asphyxia

Asphyxia, "Khafegi"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

The latest film from Iranian director Fereydoun Jeyrani evokes the spirit of Hitchcock as it weaves a complex tale of marital infidelity, dark power relationships and the lengths to which love and obsession drive people.

Massoud takes his wife Nassim to a mental asylum as she has shut herself off from the rest of the world. Her nurse Sahra is initially intrigued by Nassim’s case as she discovers that Massoud might not be all he claims to be. But, as she discovers more about Massoud and Nassim, Sahra finds herself falling under the influence of Massoud and intrigue quickly turns in to love. Soon Sahra discovers that she is travelling a path from which there is no escape.

Shot in crisp black and white, cinematographer Masood Salami creates an air of claustrophobia throughout "Asphyxia" as we are presented with a world of interiors, small rooms and characters trapped by circumstance. This tangible air of oppression is amplified by Navid Mohammadzadeh’s performance as Massoud, a man whose ability to manipulate those around him is quietly terrifying.

Indeed, as much as Jeyrani has created a taut psychological thriller, "Asphyxia" is also a poignant statement on the treatment of women within a society that places all power and control in the hands of men.

Laurence Boyce

Fereydoun Jeyrani

(b. 1951) graduated of Economy. Jeyrani is a film director, screenwriter and host of a television show about Iranian cinema called “Seven”. "Asphyxia" is Jeyrani's 14. full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: The Ascent (1987)
  • A Traveler to Paradise (2010)
  • The Sleepy Ones (2013)
  • Asphyxia (2017)  

Schedule

01.12.2017
21:00 - 23:18
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 151502
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Cast Navid Mohammadzadeh
02.12.2017
14:30 - 16:38
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 160301
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Cast Navid Mohammadzadeh
03.12.2017
21:00 - 22:48
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 171903
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection

Film info

Country: Iran
Year: 2017
Duration: 108 minutes
Language: Persian
Director: Fereydoun Jeyrani
Producer: Fereydoun Jeyrani 
Writer: Fereydoun Jeyrani 
DOP: Masoud Salami
Montage: Bahram Dehghan
Composer: Karen Homayounfar
Cast: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Elnaz Shakerdoust, Mahaya Petrosian, Pardis Ahmadieh, Poulad Kimiaei, Parviz Pourhosseini 
Festival: Fajir

Synopsis

Director

The latest film from Iranian director Fereydoun Jeyrani evokes the spirit of Hitchcock as it weaves a complex tale of marital infidelity, dark power relationships and the lengths to which love and obsession drive people.

Massoud takes his wife Nassim to a mental asylum as she has shut herself off from the rest of the world. Her nurse Sahra is initially intrigued by Nassim’s case as she discovers that Massoud might not be all he claims to be. But, as she discovers more about Massoud and Nassim, Sahra finds herself falling under the influence of Massoud and intrigue quickly turns in to love. Soon Sahra discovers that she is travelling a path from which there is no escape.

Shot in crisp black and white, cinematographer Masood Salami creates an air of claustrophobia throughout "Asphyxia" as we are presented with a world of interiors, small rooms and characters trapped by circumstance. This tangible air of oppression is amplified by Navid Mohammadzadeh’s performance as Massoud, a man whose ability to manipulate those around him is quietly terrifying.

Indeed, as much as Jeyrani has created a taut psychological thriller, "Asphyxia" is also a poignant statement on the treatment of women within a society that places all power and control in the hands of men.

Laurence Boyce

Fereydoun Jeyrani

(b. 1951) graduated of Economy. Jeyrani is a film director, screenwriter and host of a television show about Iranian cinema called “Seven”. "Asphyxia" is Jeyrani's 14. full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: The Ascent (1987)
  • A Traveler to Paradise (2010)
  • The Sleepy Ones (2013)
  • Asphyxia (2017)