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Madame Saïdi paints the portrait of an unusual, old Iranian woman. She’s the mother of a martyr and a well-known personality in Ali Abad, her popular neighbourhood located in the south of Tehran. To everyone’s surprise, Madame Saïdi has become a movie star in her old age. She’s an eccentric and paradoxical character in a very complicated society. She does extaclty the opposite of what we would expect. Madame Saïdi is always ready to laugh, and above all, to play.
Paul Costes is a French film director. He was born in Tarbes in 1977. After receiving a Master’s degree in Persian in Oriental Languages, he entered the École Supérieur d’Etudes Cinématographiques (E.S.E.C) in Paris and obtained a Diploma in Profession of movie set and Documentary writing in 2004. In 2012, he took part in a residence and in a documentary writing course in Lussas, in Ardèche. Paul Costes directed several films for production companies, such as short films with college students and the Maison des Matéllos in Paris, and has participated in the coordination and the creation of documentary production initiation workshops. He has directed numerous documentary and fiction shorts, such as Matières premières (2006), screened at FID Marseille, Cendres (2009), at the Festival International de Clermont-Ferrand, and La chambre Bleue (2015) at the Cinéma du Réel in Paris.
Bijan Aquentil is a French film director. He was born in Paris from a French father and an Iranian mother in 1978. After studying Philosophy and Visual Anthropology, he directed a documentary film series in Iran. In 2007, he co-directed Les murs ont des visages with Paul Costes, a documentary that has been screened at the États Généraux du Film in Lussas and Doc Point in Helsinki. In 2012, he participated in a residence in Périphérie, in Montreuil, and directed La Nuit remue which won the Grand Prix of the French competition at the FID Marseille.
(01/04 - 17H) Bijan Anquetti (filmmaker)