U
1hr 24mins

Told with fable-like simplicity, this wondrous child's-eye view of Iran from Jafar Panahi and Abbas Kiarostami follows seven-year-old Razieh's quest to buy a goldfish on the eve of New Year.

This film screens as a part of the Iranin Journeys season - click here to learn more.

Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
Iranian Journeys
Jafar Panahi
U
Drama
Brief mild violence
Farsi
Contains Foreign Language Subtitles

Presented with immediacy, in real-time, The White Balloon begins in the evocative setting of a downtown market in Tehran on the cusp of New Year celebrations. We follow the young, inquisitive Razieh (Aida Mohammadkhani), who sets out to buy a coveted goldfish. However, upon losing the money given to her to buy it, she, along with her supportive older brother Ali (Mohsen Kalifi), must venture into the streets, in a transformative coming-of-age journey to change her fortune.

The feature directorial debut of Jafar Panahi, this emotionally stunning collaboration with writer Abbas Kiarostami (himself a director, responsible for Taste of Cherry and the Koker trilogy), was the recipient of the revered Prix de la Camera d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

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