Yalda: a Night for Forgiveness (Yalda)

Massoud Bakhshi I 2019 I 89 min I France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg


Digital Screening Room Tue, Oct 13 12:00 AM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Dramas & Thrillers
Foreign Films
Virtual Film Programs
Release Year:2019
Running Time:89 min
Production Country:Iran
Original Language:Farsi
Festival Awards:WINNER: Sundance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize World Cinema Dramatic)
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Sadaf Asgari
Behnaz Jafari
Babak Karimi
Fereshteh Aadre Orafaee
Forough Ghajebeglou
Arman Darvish
Fereshteh Hosseini
Director:Massoud Bakhshi
Producer:Jacques Bidou
Marianne Dumoulin


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The spotlights and cameras are all in position. The moderator takes a last quick look at his notes. The final seconds of the intro ad roll by – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – and then the reality TV show goes live. Televised on the night of Yalda, of all days, a Persian celebration of the winter solstice. Tonight’s guest is Maryam, a young woman condemned to death, sitting across from the other guest, Mona. Maryam was living with Mona’s father in a temporary marriage. Now she stands accused of his murder. In front of the camera and millions of viewers, Maryam is supposed to beg for forgiveness and her life. Alluding to a real, popular Iranian TV Show, the drama that unfolds both on stage and behind the scenes is full of twists, explosive reveals and emotions that go beyond the two grieving women and explore greater social dimensions.

Special pre-recorded intro by Armin Miladi - who is an award winning filmmaker and director of Iranian Film Festival of Australia and New York. Armin has a strong background in the arts. After graduating from Tehran University with a Bachelor of Science and Engineering, Armin developed a keen interest in cinema and started working as a film critic for a number of major publications in Iran. He has also made a number of short films and documentaries. His short film, Found, has screened at a number of festivals around the world, winning several awards. Armin’s strong believe in tolerance through cultural understanding has been his driving force for establishing the Iranian Film Festival.

WINNER: Sundance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize World Cinema Dramatic)