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Radiograph of a Family
IDFA 2020

Radiograph of a Family

Firouzeh Khosrovani
Norway, Iran, Switzerland
2020
82 min
World Premiere
Festival history
IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary

“Mother married a photo of Father,” says director Firouzeh Khosrovani in the opening of this deeply personal documentary. She’s not speaking metaphorically though. Her mother Tayi literally married a portrait of Hossein in Teheran—he was in Switzerland studying radiology and was unable to travel back to his homeland for the wedding. The event illustrates the abyss that still exists in their marriage: Hossein is a secular progressive and Tayi a devout, traditional Muslim. But this family history is also a sort of x-ray, laying bare the conflicts of Iranian society in the run-up to, and aftermath of the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

Besides Khosrovani’s commentary, we hear letters being read aloud and recollections of conversations between her parents. At the same time, we see photographs and videos from the family archive. These fragments of intimacy are interspersed with stylized shots of the filmmaker’s parental home, its altering decor and furnishings subtly reflecting each new phase in her parents’ conjugal life—and in Iranian society.

Credits
Director
Co-production
    Rainy Pictures ,
    Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion,
    Storyline studios
    Rainy Pictures ,
    Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion,
    Storyline studios
Sound Design
    Ensieh Maleki
    Ensieh Maleki
Music
    Peyman Yazdanian
    Peyman Yazdanian
Narrator
Involved TV Channel
    ZDF/ARTE,
    RTS
    ZDF/ARTE,
    RTS
Screening copy
    Antipode Films
    Antipode Films
World Sales
    Taskovski Films
    Taskovski Films

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