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Terrestrial Verses

Ayeh Haye Zamini

77 minutes | 2023¬† | Iran | Narrative | ūüĒä Persian | English Sub. |¬†Age Rating


Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.


FRI, 1 DEC 2023 | XXI STUDIO 1 | 16:15

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Alireza Khatami

Alireza Khatami

Alireza is an award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker based in Canada. Born into the indigenous Khamse tribe in Iran, he is influenced by his heritage's rich storytelling traditions. His films poignantly investigate the interconnection of memory, trauma, and power dynamics, often through a philosophical lens and with a dark sense of humor. He has worked with esteemed filmmakers such as Asghar Farhadi. His debut feature, "Oblivion Verses," developed at the Cinéfondation Residency of the Festival de Cannes, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, winning three awards, including the Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay and the FIPRESCI Prize.

Ali Asgari

Ali Asgari

Ali Asgari is a prominent Iranian cinema figure with more than 200 awards to his name. Ali's films focus on the precarious lives of individuals living on the margins of society in his native country, Iran. His debut film, ‚ÄúDisappearance‚ÄĚ, was developed at the Cin√©fondation Residency of the Festival de Cannes and had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in 2017. "Until Tomorrow," his second feature film, at the Berlinale in 2022. Ali is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company Taat Films & Seven Springs Pictures

Producer Ali Asgari, Milad Khosravi

Main Cast Bahram Ark, Arghavan Shabani, Servin Zabetian, Sadaf Asgari, 

Faezeh Rad, Hossein Soleymani, Majid Salehi, Farzin Mohades, Gouhar Kheir Andish, Ardeshir Kazemi

Screenplay Alireza Khatami & Ali Asgari

Cinematographer Adib Sobhani

Editor Ehsan Vaseghi

Notable Achievement

Cannes Film Festival, 2023

BFI London Film Festival, 2023

Vancouver International Film Festival, 2023