by Siamak Etemadi


Babak, an Iranian student in Greece, doesn’t show up to welcome his visiting parents at the Athens airport. Pari and her older husband, both devout Muslims abroad for the first time, are ill-prepared to search for their son in an intimidating and alien environment. All their attempts to find a clue that might lead them to him prove to be in vain and they soon reach a dead end. But Pari can’t give up looking for him, even when returning to Iran seems like her only choice. Following the steps of her rebellious son in the darkest corners of the city, she will exhaust her inner strength to achieve more than a mother’s search for her missing son.

“The unflinching main performance by Melika Foroutan
is worth the price of admission alone.”


“[…] is something completely different:
a unique cinema experience that defies simple labeling.”

Asian Movie Pulse

“Etemadi’s tight direction, unpredictable script,
and a brilliant lead performance from Foroutan
elevate Pari’s status as one of the best narrative films
in this year’s Panorama section.”

World of Wonder

“Suspenseful, beautifully shot and utterly compelling,
featuring a knock-out performance by Melika Foroutan”



2020 – Greece, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria
Farsi, English, Greek

Directed by: Siamak Etemadi
Written by: Siamak Etemadi
Cinematography by: Claudio Bolivar GSC
Edited by: Panos Voutsaras
Cast: Melika Foroutan, Shahbaz Noshir, Sofia Kokkali, Argyris Padazaras, Lena Kitsopoulou, Dimitris Xanthopoulos

Producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas

Co-producers: Gabrielle Dumon, Frans van Gestel & Laurette Schillings, Boris Chouchkov, Dan Wechsler & Jamal Zeinal Zade, Dimitris Kontovrakis

Produced by: Heretic, Le Bureau, TopKapi, The Chouchkov Brothers

Co-produced by: Bord Cadre Films, Biokon, ERT
Supported by: Media, Eurimages


– Berlin IFF, Panorama section (World Premiere)
– Sakhalin IFF | Audience Award
– Five Lakes FF
– Black Canvas IFF
– Indie Cork IFF
– Sao Paolo IFF
– Istanbul IFF
– Thessaloniki IFF
– European Union FF, India
– Amplify!
– Alexandria FF
– Zagreb FF
– Semana del Cine, Peru
– Brussels Mediterranean FF
– Persian IFF
– Podgorica FF
– Panorama of European Film
– Trieste FF
– Al Ain FF
– Chennai IFF

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