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Yalda

A film by Massoud Bakhshi

Drama, 2019

Maryam (22) is “temporarily married” to her rich boss, Nasser Zia (65). She accidentally kills him, but is pregnant with his child. She is sentenced to death. Iranian law dictates that only a victim’s family can forgive the killer. For Maryam, this pardon plays out on the country’s most popular reality show. She quickly discovers that nothing is what it seems. She must choose in front of millions of viewers.

Written and directed by Massoud Bakhshi
Cast Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaee, Arman Darvish, Forough Ghojabagli, Fereshteh Hosseini
Producers Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin (JBA Production)
Co-producers Georges Schoucair (Schortcut Films), Nicole Gerhards (NiKo Film), Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon (Close Up Films), Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu (Amour Fou),Fred Premel (Tita B Productions),Ali Mosaffa (Ali Mosaffa Productions), ZDF ARTE, RTS, SRG SSR, VOO Be tv
With the support of Eurimages, CNC, Film Fund Luxembourg, Pictanovo, MBB, FFA, OFC, Nordmedia, Région Bretagne, Cinéforom, Breizh Film Fund, TorinoFilmLab, Sundance, Bon Gah, Angoa
Director of Photography Julian Atanassov
Sound Department Dana Farzanehpour (sound), Denis Séchaud (re-recording mixer)
Production Designer Leila Naghdi Pari
Editor Jacques Comets
Costume Designer Rana Amini
With the support of  Eurimages, CNC, Film Fund Luxembourg, Pictanovo, MBB, FFA, OFC, Nordmedia, Région Bretagne, Cinéforom, Breizh Film Fund, TorinoFilmLab, Sundance, Bon Gah, Angoa
Sales Pyramide International