The Iranian-born Maryam Najafi, now living in Canada, was obliged to live in many different countries. She takes her inspiration from the places where she has been and the people whom she has met. With a cast of non-professional actors, the lively Kayan shows how a Lebanese restaurant is a safe haven for immigrants from all over the world.
Its owner, Hanin, is at the centre. Every day, she bravely dons her high heels to face up to all worries, with hardly any time left for her two teenage daughters, who sometimes fall asleep among the guests. Hanin yearns for a shoulder to lean on, but her boyfriend only reports in on her cell phone. While a flamenco orchestra provides a new musical atmosphere, Hanin wonders whether she should answer the advances of a recent arrival from Iran.
This first full-length feature of Najafi's shared a New Currents Award at Busan.

Filmmaker
Maryam Najafi
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Iran, Canada, Lebanon
Year
2012
Medium
HDcam
Length
86’
Language
Arabic, English, Farsi
Producer
Amir Naderi
Production Company
Mehr Studio
Sales
m-appeal
Writer
Maryam Najafi
Cinematography
Farhad Saba
Editor
Maryam Najafi, Ramin San
Production Design
Nima Nafei
Sound Design
Ivan Ignjatovic
Music
Pirouz Ebadypour, Sadaf Amini
Cast
Oula Hamadeh, Seira Emami
Website
http://www.kayanthemovie.com