Under the skin of the city

Rakhshan BANI-ETEMAD 2001 Iran Fiction color 92min 35mm
Everybody all has thought good life, but for such desire, how many prices have to pay? The film charts the story of Tuba, a wife and mother, who supports her family by working hard all day in a factory. Tuba's husband fools around every day, so the whole family is sustained by Tuba alone. Her eldest son Abbas vainly hoped for goes to remote Japan, he calculates is gaining the great money to be able not to worry the food and clothing-believing that Japan holds more profitable opportunities than Iran. Abbas is part of the burgeoning group of young Iranians who desperately try to escape their home country in search of financial prosperity.
To raise money for the visa and the ticket, he plans to sell Tuba's little house with his good-for-nothing father. Tuba's husband thus beats her. But Tuba loves her child. Even though her son makes her life into a very difficult situation, she still supports him without any complaints…
Print Source: Farabi Cinema Foundation.



BANI-ETEMAD was born in Tehran in 1954. After studying at the University of Dramatic Arts in Iran, she made several documentaries for Iranian television. In 1987, she directed her first feature film Off Limits, and in 1991, she became the first woman recipient of the best director award at Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran for Nargess. She then directed several films that won numerous awards such as The Blue Veiled (1995), Under the Skin of the City (2000), and Gilaneh (2005). She is the most popular director among Iranians.

  • 2014《德黑蘭人間傳奇》Tales
  • 2010 I'll See You Tomorrow Elina
  • 2009《女人半邊天》We Are Half of Iran's Population
  • 2006《靜脈注射》Mainline
  • 2005《戰火離情》Gilaneh
  • 2002《我們的時代》Our Times…
  • 2000《爛心城市》Under the Skin of the City
  • 1997 The May Lady
  • 1994《藍色面紗》The Blue Veiled
  • 1993 Spring to Spring
  • 1991《憂傷的娜葛絲》Nargess
  • 1989 Foreign Currency
  • 1988 Canary Yellow
  • 1987 Off the Limits

Director/ Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Script/ Rakhshan Bani-Etemad & Farid Mostafavi

Cinematographer/ Hossein Jafarian

Editor/ Mostafa Kherghehpoush

Sound/ Asghar Shahverdi

Art Director/ Mostafa Kherghehpoush

Producers/ Jahangir Kosari & Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Casts/ Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari, Ebrahim Sheybani

Print Source: Farabi Cinema Foundation

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