TWO by Soheila Golestani
Original Title :DO
Type : Drama Fiction
Running Time: 78 min
Film Gauge: ALEXA. COLOUR
Original version: Persian
Subtitled in English
Screening format: DCP, Blu-Ray
Sound: SURROUND 5.1
Director : SOHEILA GOLESTANI
Writer: SOHEILA GOLESTANI
Visual Effects Designers: BEHNAM KHAKSAR
Production Manager: MOHAMMADREZA MANSORI
Recordist: MEHRAN MALAKOUTI
Sound Designing and Synchronizing : MANI HASHEMIAN
Set and Costume Designer: KEYVAN MOGHADDAM- SARA SAMIEE
Makeup Designer: KAMRAN KHALAJ
Music: ALI GHAMSARI
Editor: HAYEDEH SAFIARI
Director of Photography: PEYMAN SHADMANFAR
Producer: PARVIZ PARASTOUEI
TWO is the story of a femme de chamber ( 40 years old ) who is hire to help Bahman who comes back to Iran to sell his father’s house in packing the furniture and equipment, this collaboration change their destiny but not in a good way …
First Name: Soheila
Last Name: Golestani
Date of Birth: 1359 (1980)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Stage Design, Theater, Cinema-Theater Faculty of Art University, Tehran, Iran)
Director’s Filmography :
Khaneh Cinema, The Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds
Iranian Film Actors Association
Iranian Voice Artists Association
Do (Two) – a feature film, 2015.
The Staff, a tele-theater, IRIB Channel Four, 2012.
A Letter to God, a tele-theater, IRIB Channel Four, 2012.
Return, Short Film, 2013.
- Tunnel, Short Film, 2008.
- The White Situation, Short Film, 2009.
- Forty Five – West 19, Short Film, 2009.
- After It Happens, Short Film, 2007.
- Where I Travel to, 2009.
- Buffalo, directed by Kaveh Sajadi Hosseini, 2015.
- Today (Emruz), Reza Mirkarimi, 2014.
- Staying Up for Three Days, Masoud Amini Tirani, 2014.
- We Have Guests, Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour, 2013.
- Night – Outside, Kaveh Sajadi Hosseini, 2014.
- Forty Years Old, Alireza Raeesian, 2009.
- Half Mine Half Yours / Half for Me – Half for You, Vahid Nik-khah Azad, 2008.
- The White Situation, TV Series, Hamid Nematollah, 2009-2011.
- Sir-o-Serkeh (Garlic and Vinegar), Gholamreza Ramezani, 2012.
- The Nose, tele-film, Farzad Motamen, 2009.
- Without an End, tele-film, Kaveh Sajadi Hosseini, 2007.
- A Window to Heaven, tele-film, Kaveh Sajadi Hosseini, 2008.
- Like a Dream, tele-film, Mohammad Ali Najafi, 2009.
- Let’s Swing a Bit, Arvand Dasht Aray, 2013.
- Yerma, Reza Gouran, 2008.
- Sacred Ritual of Silence, Kambiz Asadi, 2007.
- A Tragic Actor, Zahra Javaherian, 2003.
- Rain on the Roof of Doubt, Jalal Tajangi, 2001.
- Stains on the Bottom of the Cup, Leila Kakavand, 2001.
- Best directing for Return, Toronto Film Festival
- Best screenplay for Return, San Francisco Film Festival
- Best directing for Return, Rouyesh Film Festival
- Best film for Return, Rouyesh Film Festival
- Best directing for Return, Varesh Film Festival
- Best directing for Forty Five – West 19, Shahr Film Festival
- Best directing for The White Situation, Kowsar Film Festival
- Best actress and best directing for Return, Parvin Etesami Film Festival
- Best actress for Today and We Have Guests, 32nd Fadjr Film Festival, Tabriz, 2014
- Best actress for The Nose, Best Tele-film Festival,
- Best actress in International Section of 26th Fadjr Theater Festival, 1386 (2008)
- Best actress, Student Theater Festival, 1378 (2000)
- Best actress, Fadjr Theater Festival, 1378 (2000)
Nominations and Presence in International Festivals:
- Best directing nomination for Return, Khaneh Cinema Celebration
- Best actress in a supporting role, 32nd Fadjr Film Festival for We Have Guests, 2014
- Cannes Film Festival, The White Situation
- Seoul Film Festival, The White Situation
- Riverside Film Festival, Poland, The White Situation
Biography of Parviz Parastui
- 1955: Born in Hamadan Iran.
- 1969: Starts his career in the theatre.
- 1983: Cinema debut Land of lovers.
- 1988: Appears in some Iranian television series.
- As well as his career as an an actor Parastui sings and has recorded three albums. 2006 saw his most recent album, Mon papa, come out.With more than 32 titles his filmography is rich. It contains notably Land of lovers(1983), The snowman (1995), Leily is with me (1996), Motherly love (1997) Red ribbon (1999),The lizard(2004) and Border café (2005).
- Ever since cinema has existed, every country has had its own stars that draw in huge crowds. It’s worth remembering that no one used to bother to find out who was hiding behind the camera. The phenomenon of a star director is very recent. It isn’t surprising that, in view of the large number of local stars, Cannes has not welcomed them all.Parvis Parastui is one of those left off the invitation list. Although he is universally loved in Iran, and his name promises a great performance, we cannot consider him a star but only as a very popular actor.This is probably because of his physique – rather small and stocky. This is what puts the block on comparisons to Gregory Peck or any of those American actors that make teenage hearts around the world beat faster. Except mine; I collected all the photographs of Yul Brynner, who, according my grandmother was bald and rather ugly.Back to Parastui, although he is not a star, he has had an impressively long film and television career. Over the last 27 years he has filled leading roles in many films from comedy to drama.Among his best performances we can name Leily is with me (1996), The glass agency (1997),The lizard (2004) and The weeping willow (2005), for which he won the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor at the 2005 Fajr Film Festival in Teheran.Let’s not forget the Diploma of Honour he won the Best Leading Actor at the 1996 Fajr Film Festival for Leily is with me, as well as the Crystal Simorgh for Best Leading Actor from the same festival for his performance in The glass agency.In the two very different films, Leily is with me and The glass agency, he showed the whole range of his talent as an actor. Leily is with me, a war comedy filmed very soon after the Iran-Iraq war, broaches a taboo subject while The glass agency is a thriller that raises questions about the war-wounded, who are ignored by the authorities and badly treated when they come home.Parastui’s performances earned him two best actor prizes at the Fajr Film Festival. He was a big hit in The lizard, a caustic film that portrays a criminal who steals the identity of a mullah. The lizard, which did not win plaudits at Cannes, achieved phenomenal success in Iran in its first two weeks and was quickly banned. This did not stop it making a world tour or from being seen by nearly everyone in Iran.Of course Cannes cannot welcome all local stars, but Iranian cinema gives prominence to filmes d’auteur, mainly without professional actors. Cannes has also turned its nose up at mainstream films from Iran even though its action films and others are a cut above American films of the same genre that get selected for different sections at Cannes.Cannes did not select The lizard, which is a pity because everyone would have recognised the talent of Parviz Parastui. He is a star who would have enriched the glorious tapestry of Iranian cinema at this festival.
Iran and its cinema.The extraordinary success of Iranian cinema in the 1990s in festivals has provoked many questions on the genesis of these rich and lively films.It goes without saying that it did not emerge overnight.In 1989, Abbas Kiarostami’s Where is the friend’s home received the Golden Leopard at the Locarno festival and launched its director onto the global film scene. No one expected that this success would be the first in a wave of young Iranian film directors who would make off with top prizes at festivals all over the world.This unexpected period preceded the emergence of a tender, poetic cinema that is simple without being naïve.Although the film industry seems to be well established in Iran, when you look closer, besides some popular successes (mainly turkeys), smaller productions suffer from a lack of funding, distributors and theatres, and especially from a tendency to bow to the wishes of the state. The political problems of last year did not make for a good year for Iranian cinema. Let’s hope that 2010 will bring us some more surprising films from this country.