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Synopsis

What, really, an Iranian gangster drama? It’s true, we’re not joking. It can be called that. There is even a hint of "The Sopranos", although the action is set in a Teheran slum. It is also something very special in the context of Iran – in a country where 150 films are made a year. The overwhelmingly strong audience award from the national film competition of the Fajr Film Festival only goes to prove that.

Shahin, a loud-mouth fellow adopted years ago, is trying to establish his authority in a family run by the iron hand of his drug lord brother. When a phone-filmed video of their sister showing her hair to a strange man – a grave sin in that society – starts circulating, things get really crazy. The family’s honour becomes more important than any person. Can a sheep who has obeyed the shepherd’s crook all his life even become anything more – someone who decides on his own life and does not need a shepherd? How does the herd mentality actually influence our life?

A film with serious social undertones, in which our good old friend Navid Mohammadzadeh, who visited Tallinn last year, pulls off a transformation trick for the likes of which Oscars are awarded. His contradictory character inspires both anger and pity – a true master class of acting! This is worth casting aside any possible prejudice you might have towards Iranian film should be cast aside – you can only gain from this film!

Tiit Tuumalu

Director
Houman Seyedi

(b. 1980) is a prolific director, scriptwriter, editor and actor in Iranian cinema and theater. He made couple of short films before his debut feature film, "Africa", in 2010. “Sheeple” is his fifth full-length film.

Filmography
  • Africa (2010)
  • Sizdah (Thirteen, 2014,  Eterafate Zehne Khatarnake Man (Confession On MY Dangerous Mind, 2015, Khashm Va Hayahoo (Sound and Fury, 2016, Maghzhaye Koochake Zang Zadeh (Sheeple, 2018    )
Fri, 30.11.2018
6:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall Scape
150101
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 150101
Movie guests
Director Houman Seyedi
Sat, 01.12.2018
5:30 pm
Tartu, 
Elektriteater
161801
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 161801
Sun, 02.12.2018
4:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
170307
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 170307
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: Iran
Year: 2018
Duration: 102 minutes
Language: Persian
Director: Houman Seyedi
Producer: Saied Sadi
Writer:  Houman Seyedi
DOP: Peyman Shadmanfar
Montage: Houman Seyedi & Mehdi Sadi
Composer: Bamdad Afshar
Cast:  Navid Mohammadzadeh, Farhad Aslani, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Nazanin Bayati, Marjan Etefaghian 
Synopsis

What, really, an Iranian gangster drama? It’s true, we’re not joking. It can be called that. There is even a hint of "The Sopranos", although the action is set in a Teheran slum. It is also something very special in the context of Iran – in a country where 150 films are made a year. The overwhelmingly strong audience award from the national film competition of the Fajr Film Festival only goes to prove that.

Shahin, a loud-mouth fellow adopted years ago, is trying to establish his authority in a family run by the iron hand of his drug lord brother. When a phone-filmed video of their sister showing her hair to a strange man – a grave sin in that society – starts circulating, things get really crazy. The family’s honour becomes more important than any person. Can a sheep who has obeyed the shepherd’s crook all his life even become anything more – someone who decides on his own life and does not need a shepherd? How does the herd mentality actually influence our life?

A film with serious social undertones, in which our good old friend Navid Mohammadzadeh, who visited Tallinn last year, pulls off a transformation trick for the likes of which Oscars are awarded. His contradictory character inspires both anger and pity – a true master class of acting! This is worth casting aside any possible prejudice you might have towards Iranian film should be cast aside – you can only gain from this film!

Tiit Tuumalu

Director
Houman Seyedi

(b. 1980) is a prolific director, scriptwriter, editor and actor in Iranian cinema and theater. He made couple of short films before his debut feature film, "Africa", in 2010. “Sheeple” is his fifth full-length film.

Filmography
  • Africa (2010)
  • Sizdah (Thirteen, 2014,  Eterafate Zehne Khatarnake Man (Confession On MY Dangerous Mind, 2015, Khashm Va Hayahoo (Sound and Fury, 2016, Maghzhaye Koochake Zang Zadeh (Sheeple, 2018    )