January 26–28, 2023

The Boston Festival of Films from Iran

Celebrate the return of the Boston Festival of Films from Iran with three new releases and a restored gem of the Iranian New Wave. The Apple Day is a sympathetic look at the hardships of a family who never gives up on each other. The true story of a serial killer, Holy Spider offers a distinct perspective on systemic misogyny. The documentary This is Not Me follows two trans men as they navigate the Iranian legal system to get approval for gender-affirming surgery. And The Runner—presented here in a new restoration—is a gorgeous, synth-laden, coming-of-age tale from 1984, with one of cinema’s greatest child performances.

Whether you’re a lover of Iranian film or want to learn more about the region’s current political climate and rich cinematic history, you won’t want to miss the Boston Festival of Films from Iran.

All films are in Farsi with English subtitles.

Past Events


January 28, 2023
3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Directed by Amir Naderi (Iran, 1984, 94 min.).


January 28, 2023
1:00 pm–2:15 pm

Directed by Saeed Gholipour (Iran, 2022, 71 min.).


January 27, 2023
7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Directed by Ali Abbasi (Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and France, 2022, 116 min.).


January 26, 2023
7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Directed by Mahmoud Ghaffari (Iran, 2022, 80 min.).


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Funders of the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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