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‘Cyanide’ Int’l Screening Debut in Canada

‘Cyanide’ Int’l Screening Debut in Canada‘Cyanide’ Int’l Screening Debut in Canada

The Iranian movie ‘Cyanide’ directed by Behrouz Shoaibi has started screening in Vancouver since November 16.

The political drama has been received well by the public in Iran and taken in almost half a million dollars in a month since it started screening in local cinemas, Mehr News Agency reported.

It is a historical film based on reality and underlines the choice between life and death, heroic living or graceful dying.

A synopsis of the film reads: Amir and Homa find each other after a while. Yet they have just one choice: Cyanide or survival, and they choose to live.

The historical-political part of the film centers on the banned Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization that carried out many terrorist attacks during the 1980s to overthrow the ruling establishment after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The cast includes Mehdi Hashemi, Haniyeh Tavasoli, Babak Hamidian, Hamed Komeili, Pedram Sharifi, Behnoush Tabatabaei and Atila Pesyani.

Born in Mashhad, Shoaibi, 37, has been active in different fields of cinema. As an actor, he started his career with Ebrahim Hatamikia’s ‘The Glass Agency’ (1998) and gained critical and public attention with Homayoun Asadian’s ‘Gold and Copper’ (2010).

With his debut feature film as a director ‘The Corridor’, Shoaibi won the best first film award at the Fajr Film Festival in 2013.

‘Cyanide’ was first shown during the Film Market in Cannes film festival 2016 in May.

Aria Persys Film Production, founded and managed by Iranian filmmaker Azita Mogouie in 2012, owns the right for the international distribution of the film. It will also screen the movie in other Canadian cities in the near future.


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