• Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats (2009)

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Release Date: April 16th, 2010

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary
Two young musicians, Negar (Negar Shaghaghi) and Ashkan (Ashkan Koshanejad), are released from prison. They immediately immerse themselves in the underground rock scene in Tehran, Iran -- "underground" because playing in public venues is outlawed. They plan to escape from their repressive country to play a concert in Europe, but first they need to find a rhythm section and some passports. They place their hope in Nader (Hamed Behdad), a savvy fixer who promises to get them to their gig.

Cast: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad

Director: Bahman Ghobadi

Genres: Drama

Distributors: IFC Films

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  • Of the many performers captured by D.P. Turaj Aslani's highly mobile video camera, an unframed woman singer identified as Rana Farhan is a standout. show more

  • The movie's principal liability is that most of the music is highly derivative. Ghobadi spends a lot of time on songs that are more interesting sociologically than musically. show more

  • An exhilarating examination of a leading Iranian criminal enterprise--music: More than 2,000 bands are said to operate clandestinely in the capital of Tehran, risking prison to play together in basements, bedrooms and rooftops. show more

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