37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Tehran: City of Love


Three downhearted individuals— an ex-champion bodybuilder, an overweight beauty clinic secretary, and a dispirited religious singer—long for love in Tehran, Iran. As they attempt to change their solo status in the Iranian capital, their search for warmth and connection in a society that fails to embrace them back becomes the driving force in this poignant film about acceptance. Filmmaker Ali Jaberansari provides a pointed take on contemporary Iranian society as the trials of his disenchanted characters divulge what it means to be unlucky in love. With a heightened emphasis on the value of relationships and the lack thereof, this beautifully shot film conveys the importance of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Introduction by Farzaneh Milani (UVA)

This film is part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Film series supported by the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and the UVA Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures


Saturday, October 26


3:45 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Ali Jaberansari

Runtime: 102 min.

Year: 2018

Country: Iran, UK, Netherlands

Language: Farsi

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Forough Ghajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Amir Hessam Bakhtiari, Behnaz Jafari , Amir Reza Alizadeh, Aram Mahzari