TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE
An ex-bodybuilding champion turned personal trainer is secretly excited when he's able to train a young man for the championships. An overweight secretary at a beauty clinic who lacks confidence in her physical appearance uses her sexy voice to create a persona for seducing men she feels she could never have. A dispirited religious singer tries his luck at becoming a wedding singer to increase the chances of finding the love of his life. This is the bittersweet tale of three disillusioned middle-aged characters yearning for love in a city that does not embrace them.
Cast: Forough Ghajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Amir Hessam Bakhtiar, Behnaz Jafari
Screenplay: Ali Jaberansari, Maryam Najafi
Director of Photography: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Film Editor: Ashkan Mehri
Composer: Hamed Sabet
Production Designer: Payam Foroutan
Costume Design: Payam Foroutan
Sound: Hossein Abolsedgh
Producer: Babak Jalali
Production Company: Here & There Productions Ltd.
Co-Producer: Marleen Slot
Co-Production Company: Viking Films, Kavir Film
World Sales: Reel Suspects
Director: Ali Jaberansari
Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1981, Ali Jaberansari moved to Vancouver, Canada, as a teenager. After studying computer science, he attended Abbas Kiarostami's filmmaking workshops in Tehran and decided to pursue his passion for making films. Jaberansari was accepted to the London Film School, where he wrote, directed, and edited several short film projects. His graduation project was the 27-minute film AMAN (2011). His first full-length feature, BARG RIZAN, followed two years later. TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE (2018) is his most recent work.