UNTAKEN PATHS

(Rah’haye Narafteh)

Writer and Director: Tahmineh Milani

Director of Photography: Touraj Mansouri

Editor: Sepideh Abdolvahab

Music: Amir Moeini

Sound Recorder: Es’hagh Khanzadi

Cast: Mahour Alvand, Milad Keymaram, Elsa Firouz Azar, Afsar Asadi, Jamshid Hashempour

Producer: Mohammad Nikbin

106 min, 2K, 2017, Color

Synopsis

Bita, a lawyer and an absolute feminist, finds out a terrible secret about her personal life in relation to her client’s case.Mali, a young girl, meets Sia and starts a secret relationship with him. Soon Mali’s traditional family find out about their relationship. According to the cultural rules, the only way she can continue her relationship with Sia, is for them to get married. Despite disapproval of Mali’s family, it happens very quickly. Sia, incapable of managing his new life, starts practicing his father’s methods with using physical violence on Mali. Now Mali, with destructed self-confidence and personality and losing her family’s support, becomes more and more depressed as each day goes by...

Bio-Filmography

Born in 1960 in Tabriz, Tahmineh Milani is a graduate of Architecture in 1986 from University of Science and Technology. She is one of the most successful Iranian woman filmmakers on the international scenes and her films have been shown in major festivals around the world and have received many major awards. She has been Jury President or Jury Member in many important international film festivals.

Children of Divorce 1989
The Legend of Ah 1990
What Else Is New? 1991
Kakado 1994
Two Women 1999
The Hidden Half 2001
The Fifth Reaction 2003
The Unwanted Woman 2005
Cease Fire 2006
Payback 2007
Super Star 2008
Principal 2011
Cease Fire 2 2014
Untaken Paths 2017
Director’s view:

The main concept of this movie is Domestic Violence. The institutionalized violence, which can be especially seen in traditional families and considers women as an object and the inferior gender, disregards the psychological, emotional and social needs of contemporary women and forces her to be obedient to his man under any circumstances. Women’s resistance towards this inefficient culture, sometimes leads to irreparable disasters. My goal from making this movie is critiquing traditional family relationships, which have been originated hundreds of years ago and have lost their efficiency in the modern world. I want to lead the audiences’ subconscious towards paths and ways that they should choose to be able to lead a better life.

Festivals and Awards

- 21st Black Nights Film Festival, 17 Nov. - 3 Dec. 2017, Tallinn - Estonia (Panorama Section)

- 16th Dhaka Intl Film Festival, 12 – 20 January 2018, Dhaka – Bangladesh (Women Filmmakers Competition Section)

- Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, 22 February - 2 March 2018, Edinburgh, UK

- 8th Beijing Int’l Film Festival, 15 – 22 April 2018, Beijing – China (Tiantan Award Competition Section)

- Iranian Film Festival Cologne, 17 – 21 May 2018, Cologne – Germany (Competition Section)

- UCLA, 10th of June 2018, LA – USA

- 19th Rainbow Film Festival, 15 - 22 July 2018, London – UK (Winner of Best Film Award)

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