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
Brief mild violence
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.


Like most sites, we use and collect cookies to improve your experience. For more information on cookies, visit our Cookies page.