Mitra

  • 107'
  • Netherlands
  • 2021

Is it her? Scientist Haleh isn’t certain. She has never actually seen Leyla, the woman who betrayed her daughter, but that voice ... Almost 40 years later, she can still recognise that voice. Can’t she? Opportunity arises for Haleh to avenge her daughter’s execution. How reliable are memories of traumatic events? And how sweet or useful is revenge?

Dutch-Iranian director Kaweh Modiri sows doubt in viewers while stubborn Haleh (Jasmin Tabatabai) is convinced she is right. She determinedly enters the life of Leyla, who has just fled to the Netherlands and lives in a flat with her young daughter. Mitra is based on Modiri’s own life: his sister Mitra was executed before he was born. He acutely alternates between the sandy-blue of Iran in 1982 and the dank, dark Netherlands. A wonderfully shot drama about motherhood that doubles as an atmospheric political thriller.

Within the online platform you can choose between subtitles in Dutch or English.

Director
Kaweh Modiri
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Netherlands, Germany, Denmark
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
107'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Farsi, Dutch
Producers
Frank Hoeve, Katja Draaijer
Production Companies
BALDR Film, IGC Films, Snowglobe
Sales
NINE FILM
Screenplay
Kaweh Modiri
Cinematography
Daan Nieuwenhuijs
Editor
Carla Luffe
Production Design
Sanne Schat
Sound Design
Carlos E. García
Music
Mohsen Namjoo
Cast
Jasmin Tabatabai, Mohsen Namjoo, Shabnam Tolouei, Avin Manshadi, Sallie Harmsen, Aram Ghasemy, Dina Zarif
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands
Website
https://kawehmodiri.com/