The Persian Version

Maryam Keshavarz, USA 2023, 107’
Polish premiere
Sometimes I Think About Dying You Hurt My Feelings

In this Sundance Audience Award winner, a young Iranian woman living in America is forced to confront her family's past. In this pop-culture filled comedy, melodrama, and burlesque melt into one tasty and spicy traditional Pershian dish and genres swirl together like figures in a traditional Pershian dance.

‘The Persian Version’ Review: An Effervescent Mother-Daughter Dramedy Spanning Decades, Continents and Cultures (The Hollywood Reporter)

Jakub Demiańczuk


Sundance FF 2023 - Audience Award (US Dramatic Competition), Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Maryam Keshavarz

Maryam Keshavarz is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of Iranian origin. Born in New York, she studied directing at New York University, literature at Northwestern University, and oriental studies at the University of Michigan. Her debut film is the documentary The Color of Love, devoted to the cultural changes taking place in Iran. Keshavarz’s full-length features, Circumstance and The Persian Version, both won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.


2004 The Color of Love (doc.)

2006 Not for Sale (short)

2006 El día que morí (short)

2011 Circumstance

2017 Queen Sugar (TV series, 1 ep.)

2018 Viper Club

2023 Opcja perska / The Persian Version 

Cast & Crew

director Maryam Keshavarz
screenplay Maryam Keshavarz
cinematography André Jäger
editing Abolfazl Talooni, JoAnne Yarrow
music Rostam Batmanglij
cast Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Bijan Daneshmand, Bella Warda
producer Anne Carey, Ben Howe, Luca Borghese, Maryam Keshavarz, Peter Block, Cory Neal
production Marrakesh Films, Archer Gray, AgX, A Bigger Boat
Polish distributor UIP
language English, Persian
coloration colour
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