Over 100 Iranian female actors of the stage and screen, and one notable European star, are observed as they witness the (off-screen and thus unseen, but heard) performance of a live drama based on a 12th century work by Nazami Ganjavi, the master of romantic epic Persian poetry. There’s an unmistakable link, for Western viewers at least, to Shakespeare in both the play’s thematic anticipation of the tragedy of doomed young love in Romeo and Juliet and the way Kiarostami honors the place and power of actors. Co-stars Juliette Binoche.

  • 2009
  • Iran
  • Persian with English subtitles
  • HDCAM
  • 92 minutes