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The Seed of the Sacred Fig

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
Iran, Germany, France
172 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Director Mohammad Rasoulof (There Is No Evil, Sydney Film Prize 2021) undertook a daring escape from Iran to present his extraordinarily brave allegorical drama in Cannes, winning the Jury Special Award.
Rasoulof was sentenced to eight years in prison and a flogging just prior to fleeing Iran, and his spellbinding and powerful film has at its centre a once tight-knit family devastated by political turmoil. Iman is an investigator in the Revolutionary Court in Tehran; his responsibilities include prosecuting young political protestors. As the nationwide protests intensify, Iman’s family becomes embroiled in the events. When Iman’s work-issued gun disappears, he suspects the involvement of his wife and daughters, and his paranoia leads him to enforce increasingly stringent constraints on his family. As the repression levels rise, the women fight back, leading to an explosive clash. Daringly including real-life footage of the “Women, Life, Freedom” protests that erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini in 2022 – and of the regime’s subsequent brutal and lethal crackdown – The Seed of the Sacred Fig is an urgent and devastating film, and a bold tribute to those who have and continue to resist.
An urgent message from Iran’s frontlines that’s wrapped inside a slyly funny family drama and slowly infected with clammy paranoia
★★★★★ Phil de Semlyen, Time Out
A mesmerisingly controlled and gripping parable-thriller
★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph


Fri 14 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 Jun
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Late Announce
Unclassified 15+
Iran, Germany, France
In Farsi with English subtitles
Mohammad Rasoulof
Mohammad Rasoulof, Amin Sadraei, Jean-Christophe Simon, Mani Tilgner, Rozita Hendijanian
Misagh Zare, Soheila Golestani, Mahsa Rostami
Pooyan Aghababaei
Andrew Bird
Politics & Economics, Focus on Women, Festival Award Winners, Cinephile, Human Rights, Cannes Selected
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Sharmill Films
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