No One Knows About Persian Cats

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NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS is the fifth feature by award-winning
director Bahman Ghobadi (A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES, TURTLES CAN FLY), winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes film festival. Co-written by imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, the film is an indictment of cultural repression in Iran’s exciting underground music scene, a powerful cinematic foreshadowing of current protest movements, and a celebration of an entire generation of Iranians striving towards personal and creative freedom.

Shot in secret and featuring extraordinary performances by real underground bands, NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the City’s vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.

Acclaim

"An out-front attack on cultural repression."
J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"Very touching."
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Dynamic and complex…this charming, funny film filters serious concerns through a comedic filter."
Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly

Awards

Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize
Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection
AFI Film Festival
Official Selection
SXSW Film Festival
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Opens 4/16/2010

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No One Knows About Persian Cats
IR | 2010 | U | 101 min
Apr 16, 2010

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