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No One Knows about Persian Cats [DVD] [2009]

Negar Shaghaghi , Ashkan Koshanejad , Bahman Ghobadi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad
  • Directors: Bahman Ghobadi
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DQ1372
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Based on real events, the film follows two young musicians, Negar and Ashkan, who are promised a gig in London and embark on a frantic mission to assemble a backing band. The couple have recently served prison terms for breaching the ban on Western and decadent music , and for Negar, these activities are particularly dangerous: as a female musician, unauthorised public performances can carry savage penalties. Now, they face a search for the elusive and costly paperwork that will permit them to leave for Europe. Teaming up with promoter and bootlegger Nader, their search takes them into Tehran and a vibrant underground culture of rappers, rockers, electro-artists and singer-songwriters who risk arrest to perform Western songs overlaid with their own politicised lyrics. But as Negar and Ashkan try to convince others to follow their lead, the risks that they are taking become all too apparent.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Iran is a nation where most forms of pop music have been strictly banned by the government, but that doesn't stop plenty of people from playing the music they love in secret, and a pair of underground musicians in Tehran struggle to be heard without going to jail in this independent comedy-drama from director Bahman Ghobadi. Negar (Negar Shaghaghi) and Ashkan (Ashkan Koshanejad) are two friends who front an indie rock band, though their inability to play in public has been something of a drawback. Negar and Ashkan have been able to arrange a gig in London, and are searching for like minded musicians to accompany them when they meet Nader (Hamed Behdad), a fast-talking black market businessman who deals in bootlegged music and movies, fake passports and underground practice spaces (both literally and figuratively) for local rock musicians. Nader offers to help Negar and Ashkan find fellow musicians and a place to rehearse, but this process isn't nearly as simple or safe as Nader makes it out to be. Kasi az gorbehayeh irani khabar nadareh (aka No One Knows About Persian Cats) was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the "Un Certain Regard" program. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009) ( Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh )

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freedom of (musical) expression 13 May 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The distinction between fiction and documentary realism in the films of Bahman Ghobadi is always a fine one, since while those earlier films set in the mountains of Kurdistan are clearly scripted and energetically structured, they don't make use of professional actors, but real people in many cases acting out situations that they've lived through and experienced firsthand. Set in Tehran, following the fortunes of a couple of young indie-rock musicians trying to get a band together and make arrangements to appear at a concert in London, No One Knows Persian Cats would seem to be a bit of a departure for the Kurdish-Iranian director, but in many ways the film adheres to the same themes and style that are in all Ghobadi's marvellous films - it's about freedom, and even more so than in his previous highly charged films, that freedom is expressed through music, movement and the desire to cross borders and boundaries.

What strikes the viewer immediately when watching No One Knows Persian Cats is not only how restrictive the laws are in Iran about the performance of music, but the impact such tight controls have on the general population. Previous Ghobadi films Marooned in Iraq and Half Moon certainly brought to attention the absurd prohibition placed on women singing in public, as well as the lengths that some people will go to in order to exercise their freedom of expression in this most traditional, fundamental and personal way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Angle 27 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
Interesting to see how an underground music culture and the vibrant precociousness of youth from a country that has been much maligned for other reasons can be brought to western tables for all to see. Watch it AND enjoy some of the music. It's an educating experience. Good film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Persian underground music collection as well ! 27 July 2010
Format:DVD
I watched the film in a festival in Amterdam and loved that. It's not only a wonderful movie, but also an interesting collection of Persian underground music!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guerilla Filmmaking About Renegade Iranian Musicians 9 Jan 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Bahman Ghobadi's "No One Knows About Persian Cats" is a minimalist docu-drama in which art mimics real life. This rogue film, shot completely on the fly and without permits, depicts the near impossibility of being an independent rock musician in contemporary Iran. So the great irony is that the film itself was conceived and executed in the same stealthy way in which the musicians depicted in the film must construct and then hide their illegal endeavors in underground exhibitions. "No One Knows About Persian Cats" is really a celebration of artistic freedom and a tribute to musical expression. The plot may be virtually non-existent, but the musical appeal is really undeniable.

In a nutshell, the entire film revolves around a couple of musicians who are attempting to travel to London for a gig. They've got two obstacles, however--they need passports and travel documents and they need additional band members. The rest of the movie is a loose excursion around the streets of Tehran as they hunt for leads to fulfill both goals. With plenty of humor, some disappointments, and loads of musical performances--"No One Knows About Persian Cats" isn't about narrative flow or plotting, but about the almost documentary experience of "being there." The performers are all incredibly naturalistic, as you might expect, and the youthful exuberance of rocking out permeates every frame of the film.

In addition to indie rock (some in Farsi, some English), there is more traditional fare as well as surprising forays into jazz and even rap. A particularly memorable sequence showcases a musical montage of Tehran's street people set to a rap accompaniment. Performances occur in abandoned warehouses, rooftops, and anywhere else they can get away with their "crimes." It's odd, though, I'm not sure it makes sense to describe a film as simultaneously grim and hopeful. And yet, that's exactly how I'd describe "No One Knows About Persian Cats." If the idea of the movie sounds like it isn't your thing--guess what? It probably isn't. If, however, you love international music and an insider's peak into another world lacking the freedoms we take for granted--check this out. KGHarris, 1/11.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No One Knows About Persian Cats 8 July 2011
By Behnaz - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful well made movie of Mr Ghoubadi. He certainly presented how the young people have to live underground to get to their hopes and wishes. Sad but it is true.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, a great film. 5 Dec 2012
By Mari - Published on Amazon.com
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(Spoilers warning) Wonderful film, however, it is marketed as a documentary and this is not true. The ending of the film has the two main characters failing to leave the country and committing suicide, and in real life they actually did make it to London and sought asylum there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting a sense of life in Tehran and some interesting music 23 Dec 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The facts stated in the negative review might well be true, but I really enjoyed watching this fairly amateur film that gave me a sense of what it might be like to be an artist struggling in an oppressive regime. The music montages, ala MTV, were also more interesting than I thought they would be. This might have been the first time I ever really cared enough about rap lyrics to read subtitles! The characters were compelling and I fully believed by the end that they would be willing to die for their art.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 9 Feb 2014
By Senor Hammoud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Wow, what a great story and the scenery in the movie was very nice.
It makes you appreciate music and what the artists have to go through to express themselves.
I love how music brings the people in the movie together and how each actor has a unique background.

Overall great Farsi-Movie and I highly recommend it to music enthusiasts.
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