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Iranian-Swiss Woman Nominated For Oscar For Her Short Film "Parvaneh"


Iranian-Swiss film director and screenwriter Talkhon Hamzavi has been nominated for an Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards in the Short Film (Live Action) category for her work "Parvaneh" along with the producer Stefan Eichenberger.

Nissa Kashani in a scene from Parvaneh

Parvaneh,” Talkhon Hamzavi, director, and Producer: Stefan Eichenberger, producer (Zurich University of Arts)
Year of production: 2012
Stars: Brigitte Beyeler, Cheryl Graf, Nissa Kashani

Film Synopsis

Parvaneh is a young Afghan immigrant who recently arrived at a transit centre for asylum seek-ers in the Swiss Alps. The only things she has got to know yet are the rural area surrounding the centre and the centre itself. When she receives a phone call about her father's bad health condition, she decides to send all her illegally acquired money to her family. Therefore, she must travel to Zurich. On arrival she is overwhelmed by the hectic of the city, the mass of advertisement and the noise of the streetcars. As she doesn't own a valid passport, she is unable to make the money transfer on her own. In broken German, she asks various people to help her out. But the only one caring is a punk girl called Emily. This starts a series of unusual encounters, as she explores the unknown city and culture with Emily and leads into a new perspective and an unusual friendship.


Academy Awards History

These are the first Academy Award nominations for Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger.

Talkhon Hamzavi

Born in 1979 in Teheran, Iran. Joint Swiss and Iranian citizenship. Since 1986 she lives in Switzerland. In 2003 Talkhon attends the visual arts preparatory course in Aarau. From 2006-10 she attended the ZHdK (Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste) with a BA in Film. In 2012 she finished with a MA in film from that same art school.

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