Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sundance News - Circumstance gets the Audience Award: Dramatic

The Audience Award: Dramatic was presented to Circumstance, directed and written by Maryam Keshavarz, in which a wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

For the full article: 2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards

Coverage: Circumstance on Euronews

“Circumstance”, le film de l’ Américaine d’origine iranienne Maryam Keshavarz, s’intéresse lui à l’adolescence dans un pays où tout est interdit, surtout aux femmes. La caméra suit la rébellion de deux jeunes amies de seize ans dans un Iran parallèle, celui de la nuit. On y découvre des boîtes underground où circulent drogues et alcool. La réalisatrice s’est inspirée de ses propres expériences, révélant des facettes insoupçonnées de son pays d’origine.

Watch the Euronews segment: Vague iranienne au Sundance Festival

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pictures: Circumstance at Sundance

Pierre Sarraf, MD ...né.à Beyrouth with actors

Maryam Keshavarz - 'Circumstance' Film Director

Coverage: Circumstance in NYT (Front page - 21.01.11)

For the complete article: For Women, Sundance is sunnier than Hollywood

Coverage: Circumstance in Hollywood Reporter (23.01.11)

"Circumstance" is an amazingly accomplished and complex first feature from Iranian-American writer-director Maryam Keshavarz.

Drawing on some of her own experiences, she has created an insiders look at a world few of us will ever get to see. The political, sexual and religious labyrinth of Iran today feels at once contemporary and utterly foreign. Told with a modern rhythm and propulsive soundtrack, it’s a compelling story that should attract both a young and older audience of culturally curious moviegoers.

For the complete article: Sundance Review: Circumstance and also in Reuters News and

Video: Circumstance - Sundance "insider"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Cinema: "Circumstance" at Sundance 2011!

The movie “Circumstance” by Maryam Keshavarz, shot in Beirut by Né à Beyrouth Production, will be having its World Premiere in US Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2011!

It is one of 16 films chosen for the US competition – a section that receives the most attention at Sundance. It is an incredibly rare occurrence for a foreign-language film to be in the US Competition.

Run time: 105 min. U.S.A., Iran, Lebanon Language: Farsi with English subtitles color

SynopsisA rare glimpse of forbidden love in today’s Iranian youth culture.

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.

Teenagers Atafeh, and her best friend, Shireen, are experimenting with their burgeoning sexuality when Atafeh’s brother, Mehran, returns home from drug rehab.

Battling his demons, Mehran vehemently renounces his former life as a classical musician and joins the morality police. He disapproves of his sister’s developing intimate relationship with Shireen and becomes obsessed with saving Shireen from Atafeh’s influence. Suddenly, the two siblings, who were close confidants, are entangled in a triangle of suspense, surveillance, and betrayal as the once-liberal haven of the family home becomes a place of danger for the beautiful Atafeh.

Splendidly constructed and saturated with a sumptuous sense of style and sensuality, Circumstance marks the arrival of an exciting, original talent.


Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Screenwriter: Maryam Keshavarz
Cast: Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho, Sina Amedson, Keon Mohajeri

Producer: Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee

Line Producer: Pierre Sarraf
Composer: Gingger Shankar
Cinematographer: Brian Rigney Hubbard
Editor: Andrea Chignoli
Coproducer: Antonin Dedet


The Director - Maryam Keshavarz studied Persian literature at the University of Shiraz before turning to filmmaking. She has a B.A. in literature and women’s studies from Northwestern University and a master’s in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan.

Maryam Keshavarz worked closely with Sundance Institute staff and industry mentors to shepherd drafts into scripts, scripts into films, and films into Festival-worthy features.

Circumstance website:

Pictures: "Circumstance"

"Circumstance": Interview with the Director

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Le temps de la balle par Hervé Jakubowicz

Le temps de la balle

Durée: 30 min - court métrage - réalisé par: Hervé Jakubowicz - produit par: Différence Films - tourné au Liban par ..né.à Beyrouth

Première régionale au DIFF 2011.

synopsis -

Kurdistan irakien, 1991. Quelques mois après la première guerre du Golfe, deux humanitaires bravent le couvre-feu pour sauver le fils de leur interprète...

Visionner le trailer dans la section Video du blog.

Photos à venir...