26. August 2019

Munich, 26 August 2019. Beta Cinema announces the acquisition of Mahnaz Mohammadi’s highly anticipated Toronto 2019 entry SON-MOTHER (Pesar-Madar). The Iranian-Czech co-production will celebrate its world premiere in the Discovery section on Saturday, September 7.

Mahnaz Mohammadi has made a name for herself with documentaries on social issues such as “Women Without Shadows” and the award-winning “Travelogue”, in which she interviewed passengers on a train from Tehran to Ankara about the reasons why they decided to flee Iran. Mohammadi has been repeatedly imprisoned and banned from filmmaking and travelling abroad. In 2014, the French directors’ guild launched a petition signed by Costa Gavras, Gilles Jacob and many others.

SON-MOTHER marks her first feature film and addresses the impact of tradition on the lives of women in present-day Iran, when a young widow is faced with the choice to either abandon her son or succumb to poverty and social degradation.

Leila is a single working mom of two, living in sanctions-gripped Iran. The factory she works at faces a crisis and jobs are at stake. Kazem, the factory bus driver, proposes marriage to Leila, but she hesitates to accept his conditions. Kazem has a daughter the same age as her 12-year-old son, Amir, and since tradition frowns upon a young girl sharing a household with her stepbrother, Kazem tells Leila not to bring her son until he marries his daughter off. After Leila is fired from her job, she makes the decision to stay with Kazem and leave Amir in the care of a boarding school, until she figures out how to manage his return. After a few months, Amir tries to escape and on the run faces Kazem, who asks him to think about his family’s future. Amir has to decide.

SON-MOTHER is produced by Kaveh Famam (Europe Media Nest), Mohammad Rasoulof, who also wrote the screenplay, and Farzad Pak (Filminiran).

Beta Cinema’s Tassilo Hallbauer comments on the acquisition: “We were absolutely taken by the sensitive way in which Mahnaz addresses the situation of women in present day Iran. She provides us with a gripping, universally accessible story of a mother fighting not to succumb to traditional norms and her son showing incredible resilience in his support for her. Mahnaz’ deliberate choice to work from a carefully written script and with professional actors has paid off and the result is a powerful, moving and accomplished film.”

For further information:
Beta Cinema Press
Dorothee Stoewahse
Tel: + 49 67 34 69 15