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Guests: Soroush Sehat, director; Iman Safaei, Writer; Ali Mosaffa, cast

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Dance With Me

Tantsi minuga
Jahan, Ba Man Beraghs

First Feature Competition

Iran
2019, 96 min
Dir: Soroush Sehat
Prod: Mohammadreza Takhtkeshian
Scr: Soroush Sehat, Iman Safaei
DoP: Sina Kermanizadeh
Music: Maziar Younesi
Ed: Khashayar Movahedian, Shooka Zandbaf
Cast: Ali Mosaffa, Javad Ezati, Hanieh Tavassoli, Pejman Jamshidi, Siavash Cheraghipour, 
Production: Irimage
World Sales: Irimage
Language: Farsi

Synopsis

Soroush Sehat is a chemist by education and wrote his master’s thesis on marine pollution. However, life has taken him to another area altogether. He has written scripts for various directors, played as an actor in a number of films, and directed extensive TV series. The rich experience gained from all those activities has now been successfully concentrated into his feature film debut.

Brother organises a surprise party for Jahangir’s birthday, inviting all his old friends. That would not be anything special, if the birthday boy didn’t have an incurable disease. He knows he is going to die and everyone gathered also knows it. How do you talk to a sick person? The situation is full of discomfort. Even more so, as some of the guests would prefer not to communicate with each other. They must make appearances, but do not always succeed.

Besides the classic film genres, there are conditional theme genres, generally used dramaturgic constructs onto which a plot is built. The author has managed to make a very good ‘get-together’ film. Every actor exactly knows the character of their role and that makes the entire team of actors, including leading actor Ali Mossafa, very enjoyable. The director also has several ‘quirky’ episodes for the audience, which work unexpectedly well. There’s a bit of sorrow in the film, but in the end the laughter it evokes leaves a bright and encouraging feeling.

Mihkel Möölman

Director

Soroush Sehat (b. 1965) graduated of Chemistry (BA) and Marine Pollution (MA). Sehat has been active in cinema and TV as director and creator of popular TV series, scriptwriter of films of such directors as Farzad Motamen and Kioumars Porahmad and actor in works by Behrouz Afkhami, Abolhassan Davoudi and Behnam Behzadi. In 2019, he made his debut feature, "Dance With Me", which received the award for best director and the diploma of honor for best actor in the 37th Fajr International Film Festival (Iran).

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