‘Under the Smoky Roof’ nominated in 5 categories at NICE

Iranian feature ‘Under the Smoky Roof’, directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh, has been nominated in five different categories at the 4th NICE International Film Festival, France.

Pouran Derakhshandeh’s ‘Under the Smoky Roof’, starring Farhad Aslani and Merila Zarei, is based on the social and emotional dilemma of divorce in Iranian culture.

The movie has been nominated for Best Cinematography for Foreign Language Films (Masoud Salami), Best Supporting Actress (Azita Hajian), Best Supporting Actor (Shahram Haghighatdoust), Best Script for Foreign Language Films (Pouran Derakhshandeh), and Best Director for Foreign Language Films (Pouran Derakhsahndeh).

NICE International Film Festival of World Cinema in the South of France aims to promote cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment. The International Film Festival of World Cinema NICE is held a few days before the Cannes International film festival in the South of France.

The 4th edition of the event will be held on 5-12 May, 2018.

‘Under The Smoky Roof’: How far can one woman be pushed before she breaks?

“We don’t talk to each other,” says a character at one point in the film Under The Smoky Roof. “We only talk during special occasions like birthdays, weddings and funerals.”

Unfortunately, that sums up the situation at home quite well.

A bone-weary Shirin is at her wit’s end; she has a son who won’t talk to her, and a husband who can’t. The exasperated husband seeks solace in greener pastures, while she busies herself with domestic chores, the anchor of her mundane, if materially comfortable, existence.

She worries and she nags at all of them, but it all comes from a place of love. Still, even the most well-meaning intentions have a tendency to backfire in this household. But only one person seems to care… at least in the beginning. When the other family members finally decide to rally to fix things, is it a matter of too little, too late?

Under The Smoky Roof is a family drama that takes its time in warming up. Its take on marital strife is familiar and sombre, unlike Ceasefire 2 (another movie in the Iranian Film Festival that zooms in on a couple in marriage counselling) where comedy is used to move its story along.

One thing that remains consistent from start to end in Under The Smoky Roof is that it does not take sides; this film knows that there is always more than one side to a story and that sometimes in life, there are simply no winners.

The tension in this film builds without you quite realising just how far it has stretched – until it snaps.

Is this the point of no return? And is the ugly truth really better than a beautiful lie?

Perhaps the answer depends on who you ask.

“Under the Smoky Roof” to go on screen in 10 German cities

Iranian feature movie ‘Under the Smoky Roof’, directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh, will go on screen at 10 cities in Germany.

Pouran Derakhshandeh’s Under the Smoky Roof, starring Farhad Aslani and Merila Zarei, is based on the social and emotional dilemma of divorce in Iranian culture.

The movie will be screened in 10 cities of Frankfurt, Bonn, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Cologne, Darmstadt, Gibson, Karlsruhe, and Varnheim in Germany as well as in Kinopolis cinema chains.

Under the Smoky Roof is about Shirin who has problems with her husband and child and is searching for a way to communicate with them and solve her family problems but she cannot succeed reaching instead a crisis. Her second try to get out of this crisis makes her to confront new challenges.

Pouran Derakhshandeh’s movie was screened at the 35th Fajr Film Festival and nominated at six different sections for the Crystal Simorgh award.

Acclaimed Iranian actress Merila Zarei won the best actress award at the 35th edition of the Fajr Film Festival, along with Leila Hatami for her role in Hamid Nematollah’s Subdue.

“Under the Smoky Roof” Screened in Montreal World Film Festival 2017

“Under the Smoky Roof” the feature film by Pouran Derakhshandeh screened in 41st Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival)

The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) is the only competitive Film Festival in North America recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) FROM AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 4, 2017

“Under The Smoky Roof” Continues in Tehran


Filming the movie “Under The Smoky Roof” the newest social impact Pouran Derakhshandeh which also played an emotional divorce Merila Zarei, H. Tavakoli and Mary Bobani in the second house located in the Elahieh region continues divine Tehran.

filming the movie “Under The Smoky Roof” the producers and directors Pouran Derakhshandeh the subject’s emotional divorce among couples; Sunday, Persian date Mehr 25 days this month a second home location in the Elahieh area inTehran and Merila Zarei, H. Tavakoli and Maryam Bobani front of the camera, Masoud Salami, director of photography for the project, began to play a role.

In the project “Under The Smoky Roof” A number of prominent actors of Iranian cinema including Merila Zarei, Farhad Aslani, Azita Hadjian H. Tavakoli, M. Bobani, Hesam Navabsafavi, Hadi Marzban, Rasool Najafian, Shahram Haghighat Doost, Fariba Motekhasses, Farsheed Zarei Fard, Nafiseh Rowshan,playing role in the film, Abolfazl Miri and Laleh Marzban being introduced.

A number of factors film “Under The Smoky Roof” include: Producer and Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh, camera operator : Masood Salami, First Assistant Director and Program Manager Galil Shabani, secretary of the scene: Simin Azadi, Director of Sound: Abbas Rastegar Poor, Sound: Omid Ashoori , Make up: Iman Omidvaree , stage designer: Hogat Ashtary, designer of the clothes: Golnaz Golshan, sound assistant: Babak Moradi, assistant director  Ali Jodi and Leila Derakhshandeh , first assistant of camera: Omid Rokhafrooz., lighting : Davood Mohammadi, light assistance: Ali Nahardany, tracking shot: Frank Kian, Department of Camera: Amir Qhayoor, Mohsen shali, Sina Alipur, Hassan Lashgarie,  Movie machine : Akbar Esmaeili, special effects (VFX): Khashayar Atefi, clothing Ass.: Zohreh Rahmani, Mohsen Sarikhani, aides scene: Babak Tahmilie, Hamed Aslani, Majid Mozaffari, anchors Makeup: Mohammad Siahpoosh, Elham Farakhie production assistant: Mansour Derakhshandeh, production director: Abbas Derakhshandeh, Photographer: Babak Borzouyeh, camera behind the scenes: Anoosh Saeidnia, Advertising manager: Payam Iraie, media adviser:  MansourGahanie, director of procurement: Ramin Behzadi, logistics assistants: Bahram Sadeghi, Ali Arabgalou, Ashkan Salehi.

“Under The Smoky Roof” Has Just Started


Under The Smoky Roof

Production of the latest film of Pouran Derakhshandeh  the well-known Iranian director just started beginning of this month.

This film is based on social and emotional dilemma of divorce in Iranian culture and its futures Merila Zarei and Farhad Aslani.

Pouran Derakhshandeh;  an Iranian film director, producer, screen writer, and researcher, has gained International reputation for her expertise in many of her outstanding productions , supremely “Hush!Girls don’t scream” winning the 4th London Iranian Film Festival’s Best Feature Film Award, 6th Biffes’s Commendation Award , and International Irvine Festival’s America Audience Award.

Pouran Derakhshandeh / Director, Screen Writer, Producer


Director, screen writer, Producer and researcher, Pouran derakhshandeh was born in 1951, Iran. Graduated Form “X-NIRT’s collage of cinema and television” in 1975.
At the time she began working at NIRT and Produced “Plague”; A documentary about plague disease in Kurdistan Province. Next year, she produced a documentary about “Last Wednesday of the year “Ceremony in some areas of Iran.
In 1978 she director “mineral springs of rah haraz” and a trilogy doc about handicraft in Kurdistan titled, “Moj, janamaz and sajadeh”, “Nazok kari” and “short –napped coarse carpet”.
Four episode “syn the tic and natural Fibber” was a research documentary about thread, worsted cotton, silk and synthetic fiber.
During 1979-1980: Pouran derakhshandeh Produced “the wheels whirl”. It has a look to economical and society depression and closed manufactures like Iran National.
A “Shokaran”, focused on addiction 17 episode doc. Difficulties in women /men and children, drug’s smuggles and its Prevention ways. The production longed from 1980 to 1982.