Women without men

by Shirin Neshat

Austria/France/Germany, 2009, 99', colour



Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
Acclaimed photographer Shirin Neshat makes her directorial debut with this incisive and sumptuously filmed reflection on the pivotal moment in history that directly led to the Islamic revolution and the Iran we know today.
 

 

Inspired by the novel Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur

Reviews

"This film grabbed my heart."
Ang Lee, VENICE JURY PRESIDENT

"The visuals, however, are as stunning as they ever were in Neshat’s video work. Martin Gschlacht’s camera offers perfectly framed (...) images of the magic forest as a safe retreat are highly suggestive. Dissolves often replace cuts, adding to the fluidity of the proceedings. The Moroccan locations (Neshat is not allowed back into Iran) are powerfully atmospheric and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s moody soundtrack fully supports the image. Orsi Toth’s despondent portrayal of the young prostitute stands out."
Dan Fainaru, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"a visually sumptuous feast"
Ali Jafar, VARIETY

 

“The fascination with the film comes from the quietness of the faces and desert landscapes; from the way Neshat arranges the street riots as if her heroes were all sleep walkers following their predestined paths. Neshat dedicated this large
scale production to all the liberty fighters in Iran from the beginning of the 20th century to the present green revolution.”
Wolfgang Höbel, SPIEGEL ONLINE

"The film, with its strong stylistic construction represents an extremely significant example of how images can be an efficient vehicle to democracy. As far as the human rights are concerned, Art will save the world."
MIMMO ROTELLA FOUNDATION

“A sublime director is born.”
Massimo Borriello, MOVIE PLAYER

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Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat, is an Iranian born artist/ filmmaker whose work addresses the complex social and religious forces shaping the identity of Muslim women. Neshat was recognized for her portraits of women overlaid with calligraphy in the Women of Allah series. She also directed several video installations, among them are: RAPTURE (1999,) and TURBULENT (1998,) which won her the International Award at the 48th Venice Biennale. Her solo museum exhibitions include shows at the Whitney Museum, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Athens; The Serpentine Gallery, London;

 

 

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal. Women Without Men is her feature directorial debut.

 

 

 

Video Installations

2009 GAMES OF DESIRE
2008 FAROKH LEGHA
2008 MUNIS
2008 FAEZEH
2005 ZARIN
2004 ISSAR
2004 THE LAST WORD
2003 MAHDOKHT
2002 TOOB

 


2001 POSSESSED
2001 PULSE
2001 PASSAGE
2000 FERVOR
1999 SOLILOQUY
1999 RAPTURE
1998 TURBULENT
1997 THE SHADOW UNDER THE WEB
1996 ANCHORAGE

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Cast

 

 

Pegah Ferydoni - Faezeh
Arita Shahrzad - Fakhri
Shabnam Tolouei - Munis
Orsi Tóth - Zarin

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director : Shirin Neshat (in collaboration with Shoja Azari)
Script: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Producers: Susanne Marian, Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober
Associate Producers: Shoja Azari, Joerg E. Schweizer
Director of Photography : Martin Gschlacht
Music : Ryuichi Sakamoto
Production Design  : Katharina Wöppermann
Set Design : Shahram Karimi
Costume Design : Thomas Olah
Sound : Uve Haussig
Editing  : George Cragg, Jay Rabinowitz, Julia Wiedwald, Patrick Lambertz, Christof Schertenleib, Sam Neave
Executive Producers: Barbara Gladstone, Jerôme de Noirmont, Oleg Kokhan
 

 

Technical Info

Category: First Feature Film
Original Language: Farsi
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:2.35
Speed: 
24 fps
Sound: 
Dolby 5.1
Number of Reels: 
6

 

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Venise 2009, Competition

MAIN AWARDS

Venice 2009, Silver Lion - Best Director
Venice 2009, Unicef award, Mimmo Rotella Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

Toronto 2009, Contemporary World Cinema
Viennale 2009, Competition
Sundance 2010, Competition
Rotterdam 2010, Spectrum

Year: 
2009
Duration: 
99'

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat, is an Iranian born artist/ filmmaker whose work addresses the complex social and religious forces shaping the identity of Muslim women. Neshat was recognized for her portraits of women overlaid with calligraphy in the Women of Allah series. She also directed several video installations, among them are: RAPTURE (1999,) and TURBULENT (1998,) which won her the International Award at the 48th Venice Biennale. Her solo museum exhibitions include shows at the Whitney Museum, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Athens; The Serpentine Gallery, London;  

Poster: 
Country: 
Austria Austria
France France
Germany Germany



Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
Acclaimed photographer Shirin Neshat makes her directorial debut with this incisive and sumptuously filmed reflection on the pivotal moment in history that directly led to the Islamic revolution and the Iran we know today.
 

 

Inspired by the novel Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur

Reviews: 

"This film grabbed my heart."Ang Lee, VENICE JURY PRESIDENT"The visuals, however, are as stunning as they ever were in Neshat’s video work. Martin Gschlacht’s camera offers perfectly framed (...) images of the magic forest as a safe retreat are highly suggestive. Dissolves often replace cuts, adding to the fluidity of the proceedings. The Moroccan locations (Neshat is not allowed back into Iran) are powerfully atmospheric and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s moody soundtrack fully supports the image. Orsi Toth’s despondent portrayal of the young prostitute stands out."Dan Fainaru, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL"a visually sumptuous feast"Ali Jafar, VARIETY 

“The fascination with the film comes from the quietness of the faces and desert landscapes; from the way Neshat arranges the street riots as if her heroes were all sleep walkers following their predestined paths. Neshat dedicated this largescale production to all the liberty fighters in Iran from the beginning of the 20th century to the present green revolution.”Wolfgang Höbel, SPIEGEL ONLINE"The film, with its strong stylistic construction represents an extremely significant example of how images can be an efficient vehicle to democracy. As far as the human rights are concerned, Art will save the world."MIMMO ROTELLA FOUNDATION

“A sublime director is born.”Massimo Borriello, MOVIE PLAYER

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 


 

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
Acclaimed photographer Shirin Neshat makes her directorial debut with this incisive and sumptuously filmed reflection on the pivotal moment in history that directly led to the Islamic revolution and the Iran we know today.

 

 

Inspired by the novel Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur

Cast details: 

 

 

Pegah Ferydoni - Faezeh
Arita Shahrzad - Fakhri
Shabnam Tolouei - Munis
Orsi Tóth - Zarin

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director : Shirin Neshat (in collaboration with Shoja Azari)
Script: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Producers: Susanne Marian, Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober
Associate Producers: Shoja Azari, Joerg E. Schweizer
Director of Photography : Martin Gschlacht
Music : Ryuichi Sakamoto
Production Design  : Katharina Wöppermann
Set Design : Shahram Karimi
Costume Design : Thomas Olah
Sound : Uve Haussig
Editing  : George Cragg, Jay Rabinowitz, Julia Wiedwald, Patrick Lambertz, Christof Schertenleib, Sam Neave
Executive Producers: Barbara Gladstone, Jerôme de Noirmont, Oleg Kokhan
 

 Technical InfoCategory: First Feature FilmOriginal Language: FarsiFormat: 35mmScreen Ratio: 1:2.35Speed: 24 fpsSound: Dolby 5.1Number of Reels: 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Venise 2009, Competition

MAIN AWARDS

Venice 2009, Silver Lion - Best Director
Venice 2009, Unicef award, Mimmo Rotella Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

Toronto 2009, Contemporary World Cinema
Viennale 2009, Competition
Sundance 2010, Competition
Rotterdam 2010, Spectrum

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