Private Project

Iron deficiency


Upon sudden suicide of Aban’s mother, she finds it no more bearable to remain in this dilemma she used to call home. On the day of the funeral, Aban decides to leave for an undecided destination. A journey where her insight gradually aligns with a couple of seemingly destined empirical encounters. While she explores the city, meets people of different kinds and gets to know part of their stories, walks in solitude and gets lost in the crowd, growing a vivid imagination about her mother’s last days of life, something previously twisted, a force entrapped within, is starting to unravel.

  • Azadeh Abadpour
    Director
  • Azadeh Abadpour
    Writer
  • Azadeh Abadpour
    Producer
  • Niloufar Soleymani
    Key Cast
    "Aban"
  • Fahime Rahimnia
    Key Cast
    "Aban's mother"
  • Babak Karimi
    Key Cast
    "Aida's father"
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 14 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    German, Persian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Azadeh Abadpour


Azadeh (Azad) Abadpour got her bachelor’s degree in dramatic literature from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, in 2015. Along her studies, she has completed two practical courses in theater directing in Tehran School of Dramatic Arts and acting at Karnameh institute. Around the same time, she worked as assistant director in Theater.

After graduation, she took courses on directing in Hilaj Cinema School. She then directed two short films; Salad (2015) and Salgard (2016). The former got selected for screening in the 13th Nahal Student Short Film Festival, the 10th festival of Iranian Youth Cinema Society and 14th Picture of the year Fest. The latter was in the competition section in the 33rd Tehran Short Film Festival.

2015 to 2017, she has been working on writing and directing “me and you” play which was performed in the 2nd Monolive Festival in 2016, and worked as director of photography and assistant director in ''shelter''. A play performed in City Hall and Iranshahr Theater. Shelter won the prize for the best performance of the year from the 35th Fajr Theater Festival (2017). She then worked as the assistant writer in “Farshfilm” movie production company which led to the movie “Toman” directed by “Morteza Farshbaf” 2016-2017.

Iron deficiency is her first feature film, she both wrote the script (2018) and directed (2019-2020). The movie is a totally independent production.

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Director Statement

Iron deficiency witnesses events of the story from Abans’ view. Yet I hope this story reflects a rather collective shape of humans’ connection; individual, social and sensual. I think, To ensure staying on the safe side, most of our connection touches only a thin surface of our true beings. And then, there is a moment when you take a step further in order to deepen this communication with your surroundings; Something beyond, embodying other senses.
I wish this film to be about this dynamic of connections.
On the other hand, this is where I am experimenting to visualize the literary style of “Stream of consciousness”. While we follow Aban in her maze, the film offers situations for the audience to let their own imaginations flow to decide what is behind Aban’s motives and actions, what occurs in her mind or she does share with the outside world.