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Fereydoun Jeyrani
Iran 2017 / 107’
Amirali Ghasemi Lecture: Iran. Making Space for New Media Atomic Heart

A firm but empathetic nurse has to look after a young woman who ended up in a psychiatric hospital in a state resembling a stupor. Having finally broken her silence, the patient says that her cruel husband is trying to make her commit suicide so that he can take over her father's estate. Her mind is healthy after all-pretending to have psychological problems is a way for her to stay away from her domestic hell. The nurse tries to help her to an extent that goes beyond her professional responsibilities. In time, the situation becomes more and more complicated. Shot in black-and-white, the action takes place in a snow-bound city hit with recurring power failures. Asphyxia is a thriller and gothic melodrama in one. The spirt of Alfred Hitchcock inhabits the entire picture.

Piotr Mirski


Fajr FF 2017 – Best Special Effects

Fereydoun Jeyrani

Born in Kashmir in 1951, Fereydoun Jeyrani is a director and screenwriter. He began working in the film industry in the late 1970s. His credits include such titles as Ghermez,Ab va Atash and Soorati. He used to be the director, producer and host of a TV program about Iranian cinema.


1999 Ghermez / Red

2001 Ab va Atash / Water and Fire

2003 Soorati / Pink

2005 Salad-e fasl

2017 Duszność / Khafegi / Asphyxia

Cast & Crew

director Fereydoun Jeyrani
screenplay Fereydoun Jeyrani
cinematography Masood Salami
editing Bahram Dehghan
music Karen Homayunfar
cast Elnaz Shakerdust, Pardis Ahmadieh, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Mahaya Petrossian, Asadollah Yekta
producer Fereydoun Jeyrani
production A Persia Film Distribution, Ticket production
sales Persia Film Distribution
language Persian
colouration b&w