Maryam Keshavarz’s Sundance Film Festival hit The Persian Version will be released in theaters this autumn.
Sony Pictures Classics landed North American rights to the mother-daughter story following its award-winning world premiere at the prestigious Utah film fest.
Written, directed, and produced by Keshavarz, the film received a rousing standing ovation and glowing reviews, along with the Audience Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition) and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition), at Sundance.
Keshavarz is the first director to have two films win the Sundance Audience Award in the Dramatic Competition category. She previously won the prize in 2011 with her drama Circumstance.
The Persian Version has been hailed as an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended seamlessly into a heartfelt story about family, belonging and the undeniable influence of pop music.
Coming from two countries at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila (Layla Mohammadi) strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while boldly challenging the labels society is so quick to project upon her. When her family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila navigates her relationships from arm’s length in an effort to keep her “real” life separate from her family life. However, when her secret is unceremoniously revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother, Shireen (Niousha Noor). Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.