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Inversion (Varoonegi)

Director & Scriptwriter: Behnam Behzadi
Script Advisor:
Hassan Shahsavari
Director of Photography:
Bahram Badakhshani
Rashid Daneshmand
Sound Design & Mix:
Amir Hossein Ghasemi
Sahar Sakhaei
Meysam Molaei
Make Up Artist:
Soudabeh Khosravani
Set and Costume Designer:
Babak Karimi Tari
Assistant Director:
Afshin Rezaei
Still Photography:
Somayeh Jafari
Production Manager:
Ebrahim Zahedifar
Behnam Behzadi, Mojtaba Nam Nabat
Behnam Behzadi

Sahar Dowlatshahi (Niloofar), Ali Mosaffa (Farhad), Ali Reza Aghakhani (Soheil), Setareh Pesyani (Soudabeh), Roya Javidnia (Homa), Shirin Yazdanbakhsh (Mother/Mahin), Setareh Hosseini (Saba), Toufan Mehrdadian (Majid), Mojtaba Nam Nabat (Reza), Payam Yazdani (Dr. Rahnama), Ebad Karimi (Mohseni), Yazdan Akhoondi (Arash)

Color, 2K, 1:1.85, 16:9, 84 min, 2016, Iran

Tehran's air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with her aged mother, and stays busy with her alterations shop. When doctors insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran for her respiratory health, Niloofar's brother and family elders decide that she must also move away to accompany her mother.
Niloofar is torn between family loyalty and living her own life and pursuing a potential love interest.
She is the youngest and she has always obeyed their orders, but this time she must stand up for herself.


Born in 1972, Behnam Behzadi started his career as a photographer and theater player at the age of 15. He graduated from the Faculty of Cinema and TV in Tehran with a BA degree in filmmaking. He has made more than 20 films including shorts, TV movies and documentaries, some of which won various awards in international film festivals, especially his first feature, "Before the Burial" in 2008. His previous film, "Bending the Rules" won 2013 Special Jury Prize in Tokyo IFF, Audience Award in Nantes and Special Prize in Mannheim. It was well received and admired in different festivals around the world.
Behzadi teaches Cinema at Tehran University of Art and has published many related articles.


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  • Cannes Un Certain Regards (1122 May 2016/France)
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