Red Rose

Red Rose

Sepideh Farsi

»It was very important for me to make a film without any compromises. A film pure ‘to its core’ in all of its aspects. In the narrative form, the visual approach and the editing as well – all resting on a number of choices. The first of which was to limit the film to Ali’s flat, and to keep close to his point of view. To see the world through his eyes (…). The second key choice was deciding not to give in to any censorship – unlike most Iranian films – and to film the scenes in what I felt was the right way, in order to follow the characters’ feelings and develop their relationship explicitly. This, along with the political themes in the film, meant selecting Iranian exiles for our Iranian crew and actors. It also meant not being able to shoot the film in Iran, for obvious security reasons.«
– Sepideh Farsi

Teheran in June 2009. Whilst the green revolution rages on the streets, Ali, a politically resigned fifty-something, is preparing to emigrate. But then he offers Sara, a young activist, shelter from the police. Engaging in highly intense discussions, the unequal couple begin to approach one another.

Red Rose is an intimate play about political attitudes, gender and generation conflict, not to mention the future of Iran, which combines a cinéma vérité style and mobile-phone footage of the protests with the plot. Sepideh Farsi made the film in Greece.

German premiere


Sepideh Farsi


Javad Djavahery, Sepideh Farsi


Pantelis Mantzanas


Bonita Papastathi


Aris Louziotis


Ibrahim Maalouf


Mina Kavani, Vassilis Koukalani, Babak Farahani, Javad Djavahery, Rezvan Zandieh, Shirin Maanian


Ciné-Sud Promotion, Thierry Lenouvel, Reves d’Eau Production, Pan Entertainment, Cosmodigital, Mactari


UDI Urban Distribution Intl.

Portrait of director Sepideh Farsi

Sepideh Farsi

Born in Tehran, film-maker, Sepideh Farsi moved to Paris to study mathematics. After several years working as a photographer, she began making short films and documentaries, including Harat and Tehran Without Permission, both of which were premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. Her first two feature films Dreams of Dust and The Gaze celebrated their premieres in Rotterdam.

Films by Sepideh Farsi (Selection)
Khaneye zire âb 2010 | Tehran bedoune mojavez 2009 | Harat 2007 | Le regard 2006 | Khab-e khak 2003 | Le voyage de Maryam 2002 | Homi D. Sethna, Film-maker 2001