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Atomic Heart

Ali Ahmadzadeh
Madar-e ghalb atomi
Iran 2015 / 97’
Asphyxia Blames and Flames

Brightly colored hair hiding under their headscarves. Their favorite pop music blaring from the speakers. The protagonists inAtomic Heart Mother drive the same streets of Tehran as Jafar Panahi inTaxi Tehran. In Iran, women are only free to meet outside their homes in cars. While returning from a wild party, Arineh and Nobahar cause an accident. A stranger named Toofan (who looks remarkably like George Clooney) offers to cover the repair costs. The girls ridicule the Iranian authorities and dream up bold intercultural theories as they pick up a series of passengers on their surreal journey. Atomic Heart Mother shows Iran's dizzyingly schizophrenic society. One dictatorial regime after another has forbidden immoral behavior, considering it socially undesirable. The two hipster girls, liberated from patriarchalism, look at the irrationality of life in their country. They dream about love and sleepless nights.

Marcin Radomski

Ali Ahmadzadeh

Born in Tehran in 1986, Ali Ahmadzadeh is a director and screenwriter. After graduating from the Neinava Music University in Tehran, he studied Film Direction at the Iranian Youth Cinema Society. He has made several award-winning short films, including Avantage. He made his full-length feature debut with Kami's Party, which showed snapshots from the lives of wealthy Iranians. Atomic Heart Mother was presented in the Forum section at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015. His latest film is Phenomenon.


2013 Kami's Party

2015 Atomowe serce / Madar-e ghalb atomi / Atomic Heart

2017 Padideh

Cast & Crew

director Ali Ahmadzadeh
screenplay Ali Ahmadzadeh & Mani Baghbani
cinematography Ashkan Ashkani
editing Ali Ahmadzadeh & Ehsan Vaseghi
music Sahand Mehdizadeh
cast Taraneh Alidoosti, Pegah Ahangarani, Mehrdad Sedighiyan, Mohammad Reza Golzar
producer Amir Seyedzadeh
production Afrand Film
sales Dream Lab
language Persian
colouration colour