Ramin, an Iranian immigrant in Mexico, carries his past on his back: literally, in the form of welts. In Luciérnagas, a Skype conversation reveals that he has left his boyfriend behind in Turkey.

Early on in this immigrant drama, Ramin tries to return to Europe, but the high cost stops him. Or is it something else? Ramin single-mindedly steers his own course, even though he could easily join forces with a fellow immigrant, or a woman with a broken heart just like his Luciérnagas deals not only with immigration, but also with issues of commitment: two not entirely unrelated issues. Is Ramin’s restless nature the result of the homophobic culture he grew up in? Director Bani Khoshnoudi leaves a lot unexplained, for her audience to chew on afterwards.

International title
Fireflies
Filmmaker
Bani Khoshnoudi
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Mexico
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
Spanish, English, Farsi
Producer
Elsa Reyes Garcés
Production Company
Zensky Cine
Sales
FiGa Films
Writer
Bani Khoshnoudi
Cinematography
Benjamín Echazarreta
Editor
Miguel Schverdfinger, Gil González Penilla
Production Design
Florent Vitse
Sound Design
Javier Umpierrez
Music
Sohrab Karimi
Cast
Arash Marandi, Edwarda Gurrola, Luis Alberti, Eligio Meléndez, Ishbel Mata, Eduardo Mendizábal, Uriel Ledezma