Directed by Rakhshan Banietemad
After an eight-year hiatus from feature filmmaking, Rakhshan Banietemad returns with a treasure box full of lyrical screenwriting. TALES is a strategically pieced puzzle of working-class protagonists, all trying to get their voices heard.
This thoughtful film captures a series of intimate and compassionate portraits in the lives of interweaving characters. As a taxi driver runs into a lost family friend, his mother, Mrs. Touba, pleads for the funds to release his brother from prison. All the while, the old man who helps her struggles with an unkempt bureaucrat who shrugs off anyone asking for aid. As Mrs. Touba rides in a van of workers protesting the loss of their jobs, one man’s illiteracy leads him to make a rash assumption about his wife, while his wife is the nurse who discharges a woman struggling with depression. In this circle of interconnected souls also stands a fictional filmmaker, who finds difficulty gaining clearance to document these lives and may as well parallel Banietemad’s long journey to finish the film.
TALES is a balance of satire, drama, angst and suspense.
– Diana Li
Co-Presenter: Women’s Film Institute
Producer: Rakhshan Banietemad
Writer: Rakhshan Banietemad, Farid Mostafavi
Cinematographer: Koohyar Kalari
Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab
Sound: Amirhossein Ghassemi, Yadollah Najafi
Music: Siamak Kalantari
Cast: Farhad Aslani, Baran Kosari, Peyman Moaadi, Fatemah Motamedaria