Programme

BOTOX

Kaveh Mazaheri

Iran, Canada, 2020 / 97 min / Persian and German OV with English subt. / Black Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Two sisters lying about their brother's disappearance struggle to keep their secret.

Akram and Azar are sisters. Both lie about their brother's disappearance, telling everyone that he fled to Germany. As time goes by, however, the lie becomes increasingly unmanageable, leading the protagonists to dark and mysterious places. In Akram’s mind, the lie turns into reality and she ends up believing that her brother will come back.

Botox was inspired by a real character that the film director lived with for years. Akram is a woman with autism who has been constantly humiliated by her brother. Kaveh Mazaheri always wondered what would happen if one day Akram could be repaid. Botox comes from here. Extravagant in form, geometric in style, it blends slapstick comedy, Tex Avery and Blake Edwards with echoes of Ioseliani’s cinema and elements of surreal poetry.

 

Screenings
Thu 11/03 13:30 Ciné Utopia Farsi & DE OV with EN subt. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003361
Fri 12/03 10:00 Online Farsi & DE OV with EN subt. Public https://online.luxfilmfest.lu/film/botox/
Awards
  • Best Feature Film, Torino Film Festival, 2020 (Italy)
  • Best Screenplay, Torino Film Festival, 2020 (Italy)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Susan Parvar, Mahdokht Molaei, Soroush Saeidi, Mohsen Kiani, Morteza Khanjani
Screenplay 
Kaveh Mazaheri, Sepinood Najian
Cinematographer 
Hamed Hosseini Sangari
Sound 
Hossein Ghoorchian
Set 
Adele Cheraghi
Music 
Milad Movahedi
Production 
Darvash Film, 3bros film
Distribution 
Darvash Film
Biography

Kaveh Mazaheri was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1981. He graduated in railway engineering at the University of Science and Technology of Iran and later he started teaching himself filmmaking. Since 2005, he has directed numerous short and documentary films presented at several international film festivals. Retouch (2017) became a great success in Iran and was presented at Tribeca Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Festival, winning several awards. Botox (2020) is his first feature film.

Filmography
  • 2020 – Botox
  • 2019 – Funfair (short)
  • 2017 – Retouch (short)
  • 2015 – A Report About Mina (documentary short)
  • 2015 – Cockroach (short)
  • 2010 – Soosk (short)
  • 2010 – Soori's Trip (documentary short)
  • 2009 – Day of Blood (documentary short)
  • 2005 – Tweezers (short)