The Persian Version

Drama | Not Rated | 107 min.


Galaxy Cinemas Tue, Oct 17, 2023 4:00 PM
Galaxy Cinemas Sat, Oct 21, 2023 1:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Feature
Release Year:2023
Rating:NR - coarse language and some sexual references
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Maryam Keshavarz
Cast:Layla Mohammadi
Niousha Noor
Kamand Shafieisabet
Bella Warda
Bijan Daneshmand
Produced By:Anne Carey
Ben Howe
Luca Borghese
Maryam Keshavarz
Screenwriter:Maryam Keshavarz
Music By:Rostam Batmanglij


Tuesday, October 17, 2023 – 4:00 pm; and
Saturday, October 21, 2023 – 1:00 pm
Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 8W8

Coming from two countries at odds with each other, Iranian-American Leila (Layla Mohammadi) strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while boldly challenging the labels society is so quick to project upon her. When her family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila navigates her relationships at arm’s length in an effort to keep her “real” life separate from her family life. However, when her secret is unceremoniously revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother Shireen (Niousha Noor). Punctuated by a bright colour palette, snappy comedic relief, and vibrant dance numbers, “The Persian Version” delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended seamlessly into a heartfelt story about family, belonging, and the undeniable influence of pop music.

Winning both the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, writer-director-producer Maryam Keshavarz delivers a universal and timely story of the Iranian and the Iranian-American experience.

Screenings are General Admission.