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Tehran Taboo

Teheran Tabu | تهران تابو‎

Directed by Ali Soozandeh
Austria, Germany, 2017
Animation, Drama
  • Persian
  • English


In their desperate search for freedom and happiness, four young people from Tehran, Iran are forced to break the taboos of a restrictive, Islamic society.

Our take

The repressive laws and social norms in Iran today are carefully, even beautifully, unfurled in this sublimely animated film. With its images cast in hypnotic rotoscoping, Tehran Taboo is a boldly transgressive act of solidarity with the many who live under the harsh rule of an unforgiving state.

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[The animation] creates a remarkable visual texture, hyper-realistic in terms of movement and expression but also stylised with simplified fields of colour, like a moving version of that iconic, stencil-style campaign poster for Obama.
October 04, 2018
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Soozandeh delivers his rough, savage story using a palette multidimensional in imagery and color. The result is an evocative, expressive work.
March 02, 2018
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Using skillful, involving storytelling and beautifully executed rotoscoped photography, director Ali Soozandeh creates a world of intersecting urban miseries and challenges.
February 14, 2018
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