Original name: (Tehran: Shahr-e Eshgh/ تهران، شهر عشق)

Drama, 102 min, 2018, Iran/UK/Netherlands

Director: Ali Jaberansari

Writer: Ali Jaberansari, Maryam Najafi

Producer: Babak Jalali

Cast: Forough Ghajabegli, Mehdi Saki, Amir Hessam Bakhtiari


An ex bodybuilding champion now personal trainer, finds secret excitement in his life when he accepts to train a young man for the championships; An overweight beauty clinic secretary who lacks confidence in her physical appearance, uses her sexy voice to create a persona for seducing men she feels she could never have; and a dispirited religious singer tries his luck at becoming a wedding singer to increase the chances of finding the love of his life. This is the bittersweet tale of three middle-aged disenchanted characters yearning for love in a city that does not embrace them.

Director’s Profile:

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1981, Ali moved to Vancouver, Canada in his teens. In 2008, after spending a year attending Abbas Kiarostami’s filmmaking workshop back in Tehran, he decided to follow his real passion for making films by studying at the London Film School.
His graduation short film, AMAN (2011), was awarded the Cine+ prize at the Premiers Plans Film Festival in Angers, France and the MEO Best Student Film prize at Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. His feature film debut, FALLING LEAVES (2013), premiered at Montreal World Film Festival in 2013 and won the Federico Fellini Award for best international newcomer at Tiburon International Film Festival in California USA.  

FALLING LEAVES             2013

Festivals & Awards:

  • Winner Best Actress – Beijing Int’l Film Festival 2019
  • Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival 2019 
  • BFI London Int’l Film Festival 2019
  • San Francisco Int’l Film Festival 2019
  • Atlanta Int’l Film Festival – Nominated for Grand Jury Award 2019
  • Vancouver Int’l Film Festival 2019