In this riveting, insider’s perspective on life in Iran’s capital city, Marzieh—a terminally ill actress—wearily relates her desperate quest for political asylum through a series of interviews with an unsympathetic government official. Beginning with details of her doomed relationship with an Iranian-born Australian and their plan to relocate to Adelaide, she recounts her struggle to work as an actress under Iran’s current regime, her hope for a future ultimately dashed by the devastating discovery of her illness, and her need to “escape” the only home she has ever known.
Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving arts culture, and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran’s contemporary political climate.
“Filmed on the sly in the streets of Iran, My Tehran for Sale gives an unauthorized peek at the oppressive Muslim state’s underground scene and the muted rebellion of its youth. As such, it scores points for freshness and innovation.” -Hollywood Reporter
“Enhanced by a wonderful score that includes works by contemporary Iranian musician Mohsen Namjou, the aches and triumphs of Marzieh’s story show us another side of Iran’s culture – one that we need to see.” -Dallas Film Festival
In Farsi with English subtitles.