When Iranian Pari and her strictly religious husband arrive in Athens to visit their grown-up son, he fails to pick up his parents from the airport. The two set out in search of their son but soon find themselves in the midst of a city in political turmoil, where their paths are blocked by burning barricades. Since her husband does not speak a word of English, this traditional Muslim wife now slips into a new role. As she pursues her desperate search for her son with increasing independence, she forges unexpected alliances with strangers and musters a strength she never knew she possessed. (Berlinale)

Director's Biography
Born in Tehran, Iran, Siamak Etemadi moved to Athens in 1995, where he lives to this day as a dual Iranian-Greek national. After studying film in Athens, he worked as an assistant director on numerous films, TV and documentary series. His short film CAVO D'ORO premiered at the Locarno Festival. PARI is his debut feature film.
Director's Filmography (Selection)
Pari (2020) - Cavo d’oro (2012, short) - Paramithas (2003, short) - Vignette (2001, short)
Competition Fiction 2021
Siamak Etemadi
Greece / France / Netherlands / Bulgaria 2020
101 minutes
Farsi / English / Greek
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Siamak Etemadi
Cinematography Claudio Bolivar
Editing Panos Voutsaràs
Sound/Sounddesign Boris Trayanov, Vincent Sinceretti, Jan Schermer
Music Avia (Pierre Aviat)
With Melika Foroutan, Shahbaz Noshir, Sofia Kokkali, Lena Kitsopoulou, Argyris Padazaras, Dimitris Xanthopoulos
Producer(s) Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas
Heretic, Le Bureau, TopKapi Films, The Chouchkov Brothers, Bord Cadre Films, Biokon
World Sales
Heretic Outreach
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Berlinale 2020