Two beautiful Iranian lesbians fight for their freedom against an oppressive nation in Maryam Keshavarz‘s debut feature Circumstance. The winner of the Narrative Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Circumstance was picked up by Roadside Attractions and set for limited release on August 19. After seeing it this past January, we’ve been championing this beautiful, sensual and frightening film and, now, it can speak for itself. A brand new trailer and poster have been released. Check them out after the break. Read More »

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If you read the site regularly, you’ve probably heard of Sundance U.S. Audience Award winner Circumstance. The tale of two Iranian lesbians trapped in an impossible system was one of our favorite films of the 2011 festival. Now, Participant Media has locked down a deal to have Roadside Attractions distribute the movie in the United States, possibly as soon as this summer. This is great news for a great film that’s sensual, tense, inspiring and frightening all in one.

Click here to read my review of the Maryam Keshavarz-directed award winner. It’s a controversial must see for sure.

UPDATE: Circumstance just won the US Dramatic Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Though it’ll probably never play in the country in which it’s set, attendees at the Sundance Film Festival were lucky enough to see Maryam Keshavarz‘s debut feature Circumstance. Hopefully soon, you will too. Set in modern day Tehran, Iran, this beautiful film focuses on two attractive high school girls named Shireen and Atafeh, played by Sarah Kazemy and Nikohl Boosheri, both making their acting debuts. Though the girls live in a country where women are treated as second class, Shireen and Atafeh use their good looks, talents and smarts to live life as free as humanly possible. The friends eventually develop feelings for each other but when Atafeh’s brother Mehran (Reza Sixo Safai) comes home, the girls’ liberal point of view is doomed to be challenged.

Circumstance is an increasingly claustrophobic love story set against impossible odds told with a frightening cultural context. Of the thirty plus films I’d seen at Sundance before it, it was the first film to get a legitimate standing ovation. Read More »

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