‘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” 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.