When the young Ava (Neda Amiri) is involved in a tragic accident, her attractive face is deformed. She slowly learns to accept her new appearance while realizing that life will never be the same again. At least that's what the people gathered around her seem to think, as they constantly recall her former beauty. In her second feature film, which consists of a series of short scenes-witty, sad, and sometimes even frightening-Iranian director Mania Akbari, who is no stranger to New Horizons audiences, listens to whispered gossip and conversations at a beauty salon, at a restaurant and even at a fortune-teller's as she examines the reactions to the presence of a girl who, according to a society that values the right appearance above everything else, suddenly stops being beautiful. Although even the camera seems to be afraid to look her right in the eye sometimes, Ava has no intention of hiding. And she soon gets tired of playing the role of a constant victim recalling the past.
An Iranian director and actress, Mania Akbari is named after Marie Curie, who, in the home of Akbari's parents (one is a professor of physics, the other of chemistry), was considered a great authority. With her artistic talent, Mania did not enter into a scientific career, although she did write her first novel when she was only 14 years old. She later studied painting and, in 2000, became interested in film. She started out as a cinematographer and assistant director before playing the lead role in Abbas Kiarostami’ s film 10. Akbari is known for breaking the customary taboos that Iranian women are bound by, both in private and on the big screen. In addition to directing films, Mania Akbari is also involved in art and photography, and her works have been exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, among other places. Her documentary Life May Be, filmed together with Mark Cousins, was screened at the New Horizons Festival in 2015. A year later, she was part of the festival jury.
2004 20 palców / 20 Fingers
2011 Raz. Dwa. Raz. / Yek. Do. Yek
2012 In My Country Men Have Breast (short)
2013 From Teheran to London
2014 Być może życie / Life May Be