Iranian film Ziba, the first fiction feature from director Bani Khoshnoudi, has been acquired by Vyer Films marking the film’s premiere web availability in the United States and release to a wide audience in Canada. Ziba will be available exclusively on vyerfilms.com starting May 29.
Brooklyn, NY - May 28, 2014 - Vyer Films is proud to announce it will be releasing Ziba, directed by Bani Khoshnoudi, in the U.S. and Canada on May 29th exclusively on vyerfilms.com. Ziba depicts the monotonous and isolated daily life of Ziba Amini, a wealthy, well-educated housewife in Tehran. One long summer day, she finds herself in an unexpected situation and realizes she has become unable to relate to the constricted way of life and cannot express her anguish to any of the characters she meets. Ziba is not a character portrait per se, but rather a metaphor of the general state of oppression and imposed silence in Iran today.
“My goal with Ziba is to allow the spectator to viscerally live these sensations and the feeling of containment,” said director Bani Khoshnoudi. Vyer Films’ Founder and CEO K.C. McLeod added, “Opportunities for audiences to gain insight into life in Iran are remarkably rare when considering the country’s prominence in the media. To be able to bring this pointed and yet even-handed perspective to U.S. audiences for the first time, as well as expand upon the film’s original audience in Canada, is a thrilling experience for us as a company and as curators.”
Ziba had its World Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival and subsequently had its European Premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. It went on screen at the Göteborg International Film Festival, the UNAM International Film Festival, and several other festivals across Europe and Asia. Julio Cesar Durán for Fimmagazine.mx called the film “a true example of the way to create 'simple' cine with a high impact.” Astrid Skov-Jakobsen of Filmnoter noted, “Ziba's strength lies in its diffused depiction... Khoshnoudi impressively manages to put us both in the oppressed and the oppressor's place." Its release on Vyer Film is the film’s U.S. web premiere and marks the first time the film will be available to a wide audience in Canada.
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"Bani Khoshnoudi was born in Tehran. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1979. After studying photography and film, she moved to Paris, France. In 2002 she participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, and worked with short experimental formats. In 2004 Bani directed TRANSIT, a short fiction that received the Grand Jury Prize at the Premiers Plans Angers Film Festival, and which played in a number of international film festivals: Rotterdam, Angers, Sao Paulo Mostra, Goteburg, Larissa, Brooklyn, Cote Court, Tribeca, Villeurbanne, ARTE East NYC, Flying Broom Ankara, etc. The film was nominated for the Jean Vigo Prize and the Criticʼs Prix Novaďs-Terxeira in 2005. Also in 2004, she directed SHIRIN EBADI : A simple lawyer, feature documentary commissioned by the French channel ARTE and produced by Les Films dʼIci and Article Z. The film played in many international festivals and on television around the world, and is part of a number of university library collections. In 2006, Bani founded her production company, Pensee Sauvage Films. In 2007 she produced and directed a feature length documentary about Tehran, A People in the Shadows, which was winner of two grants from the Jan Vrijman Fund (IDFA). The film played at IDFA, Cinema du Reel, Dokfest Munich, Muestra de Colombia, Itʼs All True (Brazil), EDOC Festival, as well as many other festivals. It received the Juryʼs Special Mention at the Docs D.F. Film Festival in Mexico City. In 2008, Bani produced the short documentary essay film, All Restrictions End, by director, Reza Haeri. The film received a production grant form the Jan Vrijman Fund and premiered at IDFA in 2009, and played in the FORUM Expanded program at the Berlinale in 2010. In addition to filmmaking, Bani makes more experimental work and her video and sound installations and projections have been showed in galleries in New York, Berlin, Mexico City, Tehran, Paris... In 2008, Bani was invited as a Studio Artist to participate in the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. In the fall of 2009, Bani was selected for the Cinefondation Writing Residency (Cannes Film Festival) where she wrote her first fiction feature, ZIBA. As a French-Iranian co-production, the film received the support of the Fondation Groupama Gan and the Fonds Sud, and was shot on location in Tehran. Bani is now writing her second feature, which will take place in Mexico. She divides her time between Paris, Mexico City and Tehran."
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