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Helia has become thirteen and this led her family to restrict her from cycling.

Poster of the short film "The thirteenth year"
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Helia has become thirteen and this led her family to restrict her from cycling.

Poster of the short film "The thirteenth year"

THE THIRTEENTH YEAR

(Sizdah Saleghi)

 

Iran  2023 / 10′

a film by
Samad Alizadeh

with
Samaneh Nourivand

Screenplay Samad Alizadeh
Bahman Ark
Bahram Ark
Director of Photography Amir Pourhekmat
Production Design Milad Delasa
Costume Design Samad Alizadeh
Mahni Mehrpour
Editor Ali Moslemi
Sound Hasan Salmani
Producer Navid Mohammadzadeh
Distribution Esen Studios

Laurels of the short film "The thirteenth year"

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

  • Interfilm – International Short Film Festival Berlin (Germany)
    Oscar qualifying festival
  • Uppsala Short Film Festival (Sweden)
    Oscar qualifying festival
  • Giffoni Film Festival (Italy)
  • Lublin Film Festival (Poland)
  • BUFF Malmö Film Festival (Sweden)
  • Roma Film Corto (Italy)
  • Capri, Hollywood (Italy)
Director of the short film "The thirteenth year"

Samad Alizadeh

Samad Alizadeh was born in 1995. Nahid (2020), his first short-film, has won as Best Screenplay at Tehran International film Festival, as Best Short-Film at Zanzibar International film Festival and it got a Special Mention at Freiburg International Film Festival. “The thirteenth year” is his second short-film.

Director statement :

In my country, Iran, there are some norms against women and girls in most families. Therefore in this film, I have tried to narrate this important issue which at first sight seems shallow and not much of a big deal but as a deep and magnificent crisis and cultural disaster in Iranian society which effects children’s behavior, especially a teenage girl during her puberty.

Director statement :

In my country, Iran, there are some norms against women and girls in most families. Therefore in this film, I have tried to narrate this important issue which at first sight seems shallow and not much of a big deal but as a deep and magnificent crisis and cultural disaster in Iranian society which effects children’s behavior, especially a teenage girl during her puberty.