Directed by Abed Abest (2017, 84 min.). Digital.

This innovative thriller from Abed Abest (Fish and Cat) follows three bored young men who decide to pay a visit to an older man they barely know. When their host becomes convinced that his visitors have come to rob him, he turns a gun on them and phones the police. The three friends are taken into custody.

This simple story is pared down ever more as the film progresses. Filmed entirely in a black box, Simulation turns green-screen technology on its head. In addition to the green studio walls, the props are green and act as projection screens themselves. The cars are white. The male characters all wear jeans and T-shirts and the same blue plastic shoes. The synthetic space breeds anxiety as the real world becomes increasingly remote. In Simulation, abstraction becomes a place of exile.

Watch the trailer

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies


Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted tickets for most of our films. For more information, please call 617-369-3310.

Full-time undergraduate students from participating universities can purchase $5 film tickets in person for regularly priced screenings.


The Boston Festival of Films from Iran is supported by the ILEX Foundation with assistance from Olga Davidson and Niloo Fotouhi.