Sundance Audience Winner
A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.
“Circumstance” begins as the story of two teenage Iranian girls in love, and if it had continued to focus on the impossibility of their relationship in everyday modern Tehran, I think it would have been more successful. Unfortunately, it strays into unlikely melodrama and distracting eroticism. Still, it is a bold statement about the treatment of women in the modern Islamic state.
We meet Atafeh and Shireen, two high school girls who share a big crush. This they keep secret from their families: Atafeh’s, whose professional parents are conformist but not unkind, and Shireen’s, who is being raised by her uncle after her dissident parents ran afoul of the clerical authorities. They frequent clandestine stores with Western videos, attend secret parties, smoke, dance and steal away to their bedrooms to share fantasies of the freedom they could experience in nearby Dubai.
Won Acting Prize Chéries-Chéris 2011
Nominated Grand Prize Chéries-Chéris
Nominated Grand Special Prize Deauville Film Festival 2011
Nominated John Cassavetes Award Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012
Won FilmOut Festival Award FilmOut San Diego, US 2011
Nominated GLAAD Media Award GLAAD Media Awards 2012
Won Audience Award L.A. Outfest 2011
Won Grand Jury Award Award L.A. Outfest 2011
Nominated Golden Reel Award Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2012
Won Best Feature New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2011
Won Audience Favorite Noor Iranian Film Festival 2011
Won Audience Award Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival 2011
Won Têtue Award Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival 2011
Won Emerging Talent Award Rome Film Fest 2011
Nominated Bronze Horse Stockholm Film Festival 2011
Won Audience Award Sundance Film Festival 2011
Nominated Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival 2011
Won Jury Special Prize Valladolid International Film Festival 2011
Nominated Golden Eye Zurich Film Festival 2011