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.
- Best Feature Film, Torino Film Festival, 2020 (Italy)
- Best Screenplay, Torino Film Festival, 2020 (Italy)
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.
- 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)