“We tested a lot of other animation techniques, like hand-drawn characters of 3D characters or puppet animation, but none of them really worked,” he says. “How do we change a society?” he asks rhetorically, considering the potential answers. It’s a hard scene, of course. Soozandeh delivers his rough, savage story using a palette multidimensional in imagery and color. Of course, you can shoot in other cities in place of Tehran like Jordan or Morocco, but it doesn’t really work.”. It’s difficult.”.

In the gorgeously animated drama Tehran Taboo, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

RS: This film depicts the rough underbelly of Tehran. The messages become a little extreme at certain points, practically hitting the viewer over the head with brutal examples and reminders of Tehran’s sexual taboos. Making use of rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary Tehran that would be impossible by any other means. “ I get a lot of people who come from North Africa and the Middle East and say this story could take place in their countries. He also His work in animation included the documentary The Green Wave (2010), which won the Grimme Preis Award for Best Documentary. And can we have some before we watch any more cartoons? “We couldn’t shoot in Tehran because of censorship. Because it was impossible to actually shoot the film in Tehran, Soozandeh and his team meticulously re-created the city using CGI animation — a true testament to the medium’s ability to bring anything to life. The first scene—in which a young mother is picked up by a man and gives him a blowjob while her son sits idly in the backseat of a car—is a shocking moment that sets the tone for the rest of the movie. “We needed that touch of reality…. Women always get the short end of the stick in any ultra religious , male dominated society. [3], His first feature film was Tehran Taboo, an animated film which explores "the secret life of young people in Iran struggling to express their sexuality and embrace life while living under the country's oppressive, theocratic regime". After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Ali Soozandeh’s film is a striking portrait of sexual prohibition. [1] After emigrating to Germany, he received a diploma in Media Design from the Technical University of Cologne. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 13, 2020.

But it’s the only way to talk about it and start a dialogue and find a solution.”.

The pure loss of human capital in these countries is one of the great crimes of our , so called, modern times. [10], "Review: 'Tehran Taboo' Exposes Double Standards About Sex in Iran", "Meet Your Maker – Ali Soozandeh – Animation is Film", "Cannes: The Hidden World of Iran's Nightlife Revealed in Exclusive 'Tehran Taboo' Clip", "The Director of 'Tehran Taboo' Breaks Down His Powerful, Shocking Film", "Breaking the Rules in Iran: Ali Soozandeh Talks 'Tehran Taboo' in Cannes", "The Iranian Film That Breaks the Taboo on Sexuality", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ali_Soozandeh&oldid=962369332, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 June 2020, at 17:03. [4], In Germany, Soozandeh worked as an animation specialist in film and television, directing music videos and other short films. "Tehran Taboo" is one of the best movies I have seen in years.

It’s our education [in Iranian society]. The wife of an imprisoned drug addict is denied the divorce she needs in order to live independently. Ali Soozandeh (born 22 March 1970), is an Iranian-born German animator and filmmaker. and founded his own company, Intaktfilm. Rotoscope gave us this chance to bring this touch of reality into animation.”, Even in 2017, creating film using rotocope techniques isn’t easy.

“This story is about daily life so it isn’t a fantasy story or [a] story for children,” he tells me, describing Tehran Taboo, his new, defiantly political film that picks apart the sexual mores of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Unable to add item to List. “Of course, you can shoot in other cities in place of Tehran like Jordan or Morocco, but it doesn’t really work. The dreams are the same. Farhad Abadinejad, Jasmina Ali, Rozita Assadollahy, Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2018, Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2018. The story revolves around four characters whose paths constantly cross: a resilient prostitute who cares for her son, a young housewife whose husband refuses to let her work on her own, and a young male musician who must find a way to pay for the surgery of an engaged woman after he (unlawfully) takes her virginity at a club one night. Although the topics Soozendeh addresses are morbid, even painful, he remains optimistic, and says he looks forward to the film’s exposure in Hollywood and his first foray into the United States. From the storyline: the struggle of Iranian people , Iranian women in particular under a suppressive regime, to the animation technic, actresses, actors & director's skills all are impressive. It’s students versus villains in an all-out battle. The result is an evocative, expressive work. Well done you all.! For example shooting in a bazaar… in a bazaar you find a lot of things: sounds, how loud is it, other things. He also produced the animated sequences of Camp 14: Total Control Zone, a 2012 German/South Korean documentary by Marc Wiese about the Kaechon internment camp, known as "Camp 14," in North Korea. It’s one thing to do that for, say, The Lord of the Rings’ 1978 film adaptation—one of the most famous examples of rotoscoping in animation history, and another to do it for a film with much more serious, caustically realistic subject matter. Soozandeh and his team had to create the whole environment in CGI, using pictures and photographs of German buildings and painting 3D objects over them—a laborious, multi-step process. “We couldn’t shoot in Tehran because of censorship,” Soozandeh says. But just like all great animation, it was not easy to pull off any semblance of realism. When I am introduced to director Ali Soozandeh at the Animation Is Film Festival, the man is sitting by himself.

He stands and gently shakes my hand, … [2], Soozandeh was born in Shiraz, Iran. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. [6][7] and opened to generally favorable reviews in the U.S. in February 2018. Nevertheless, women invariably end up on the bottom rung of the social order. [8][9] The film has attracted attention for its subject matter and its visual style, which The Hollywood Reporter has described as "a unique combination of rotoscoping and motion capture with hand-drawn and computer animation". “Of course, education is the most important.” Maybe the film he’s made can spur that education along. [3] He is the only member of his family who lives outside Iran. Every scene is loaded with commentary about the sexual taboos that hold its characters back, and the double standards and hypocrisy that poison the city. So it’s hard to make a confrontation of taboos. The film, he says, is about "breaking silence, breaking taboos". Now a German citizen who lived in Tehran for the first 22 years of his life, Soozandeh relishes in his artistic liberty to openly address what those who live in the city struggle to. It’s so special. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $7.98 Shipping to Italy. When asked if he’s at all concerned about the way his film will be received—given its blunt depictions of sex, especially to an audience that may not be aware of cultures such as Tehran—this is how he responds: “You’ll find a lot of societies with the same problems,” he says. The driver notices his daughter is holding hands with a man on the street, and begins to complain until he crashes his car in a fit of anger.

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