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Iranian Director encountered bitter realities in her research for "Mainline"

TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (Mehr News Agency) -- Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad said in Tehran on Sunday that she had to face bitter realities of Iranian society when she was conducting research for the drug-themed film "Mainline".

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

"I suffered from psychological pressure when we were doing research for the film. We met youth who were in a sorrowful condition and this was very bitter for me," Bani-Etemad said during the film's review session after its screening in the Iranian Films Section of the Fajr festival, which is underway in Tehran.

"I never see Baran (Bani-Etemad's daughter playing the role of Sara) as my daughter... but when the film was being edited, I was disturbed to see the pitiful condition of Sara," she explained.

A scene from Mainline

The film is about Sara, a bride-to-be grappling with heroin addiction as her wedding day fast approaches.

The film is shot in pale color tone in order to emphasize its dark theme.

"I had carried out laborious research for my role about three months before shooting. For example, I participated in rehabilitation courses held for drug addicts. I chatted with them and took note of their viewpoints," Baran Kowsari said.

"In addition, the film's characters had been described well in the screenplay, and we used very few typical clichés for the role," she added.

Bani-Etemad's husband, prominent football analyst Jahangir Kowsari, was the producer of the film, as he was for many of her other works.

"The goal is very important," Kowsari said, adding, "We intended to spotlight the serious problem of addiction threatening our youth. We, along with a research group, warned families about the catastrophe in the movie."

After "Gilaneh" in 2005, "Mainline" is the second film co-directed by Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahhab.

"Neither of us is seeking a share in the film. The fact that the outcome is acceptable is more important. I welcome collaboration with people with whom I once cooperated on a joint project and share similar viewpoints," Bani-Etemad said.

"I'm very happy that I spent part of my life making the film, though spiritually, it belongs to Bani-Etemad... and the plot is hers... and I'm also very glad that I was able to work beside the great filmmaker," Abdolvahhab noted.

The film, which has also been screened in some other international events, was warmly welcomed by the Iranian people, some of whom watched the movie standing since all the seats were taken.

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