VIFF 2017: A woman delivers pizza alone at night in “Azar”


From the opening moments, it’s clear the title character is not a typical female in this patriarchal society: she’s dirt-bike racing.

But as the understated domestic drama unfurls, it becomes obvious even a woman this strong is no match for the web of rules around her behavior in Tehran. She works hard at her husband’s pizza joint, but when tragedy

strikes, she struggles to run it alone. This is, after all, a country where a woman delivering pizza on her motorcycle at night is a shock. While not as tightly or artfully wrought as an Asghar Farhadi film, Azar raises similar deep social questions, and is helped by Niki Karimi’s strong, near wordless performance.

Source: Straight


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Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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