NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS is the fifth feature by awardwinning director Bahman Ghobadi (A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES, TURTLES CAN FLY), winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes film festival. Co—written by imprisoned Iranian—American journalist Roxana Saberi, the film is an indictment of cultural repression in Iran’s exciting underground music scene, a powerful cinematic foreshadowing of current protest movements, and a celebration of an entire generation of Iranians striving towards personal and creative freedom. Shot in secret and featuring extraordinary performances by real underground bands, NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast—talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free—wheeling journey through the City’s vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Stubborn, high-spirited and carefully calculated rebellion is Mr. Ghobadi's subject, and also the prevailing ethic of his film.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 07.07.2010
The close-to-the-ground style compensates for the tenuous narrative structure by capturing the energy and variety of Tehran's music scene in all its bravery.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 07.07.2010
The film has a remarkably exuberant spirit that is impossible to resist...Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 07.07.2010
Cconsidering that everything the movie shows -- including two women singing a folk song -- is illegal, bravado is a given.J. Hoberman, Village Voice, 06.24.2010