Written and Directed by: Navid Behtoei

Producer: Saeid Sa’adi

Director of Photography: Mohammad Rasouli

Editor: Mehdi Sa’adi

Music: Saba Alizadeh

Production Designer: Morteza Farbod

Costume Designer: Mana Yazdaniamiri

Sound Designer: Arash Ghasemi

Sound-recordist: Hossein Bashash

Cast: Pegah Ahangarani (Eva), Hossein Soufian (Francesco), Maral Bani Adam (Delbar), Reza Davoodnejad (Dariush), Shahrokh Foroutanian (Ata), Shabnam Goodarzi (Chiara), Salman Farkhondeh (Tirdad).

Iran, 2021, Arri Alexa Mini, DCP, 2K, Color, 21:9, 5.1, 87 mins.

Language(s): Farsi, French.



After her mother’s death, a young woman finds out that her father is alive. Forced by curiosity, she returns from France to Iran in order to search for him after 30 years. Along with her husband and a bunch of old friends, desperately seeking an unseen father, she travels to the northern coasts of Iran. Gradually, through the journey, everyone realizes that she has got so many untold secrets…

Director’s View:

Everyone thinks he would have been able to find his lucky star in all the things he hasn’t got. No one seeks it in the things he’s got…

Director’s Profile:

Born in 1983 in Tehran, Navid Behtoie is a graduate of Theater (BA) and Dramatic Literature (MA) from Tehran University of Art (Faculty of Cinema and Theater) and Cinema (MA) from Caen-Normandy University.  He has also attended the course of film studies at University of Montreal and professional workshop of theater at international school of theater Jacques Lecoq in Paris. With his short films, EN RÊVE (2015), LA VOIX DE LA VIE (2014) and GIRLS OF THE SUN (2013), Behtoie entered the international film festival circuit. GISOUM is his debut feature film.

Feature Films: 2021- GISOUM.


Festivals & Awards:

1- Fajr International Film Festival (June 2021 – Iran).

  • International Competition.

2- Dhaka International Film Festival (January 2022 – Bangladesh).

  • Cinema of the World.

3- Geneva Oriental International Film Festival (June 2022 – Switzerland).

  • Competition.

4- Within the Family International Film Festival (July 2022 – Russia).

  • Main Competition.
  • Grand Prix.
  • Best Cinematography Award.

5- Wales International Film Festival (September 2022 – UK).

  • Finalist – Best Film Award.

6- Asian Film Festival Barcelona (November 2022 – Spain).

  • NETPAC Section.

7- Golden FEMI Film Festival (Bulgaria – June 2023).

  • Competition.

8- New Looks of Asian Cinema Program (Spain – November 2023).

  • Screening in mk2 Cine Paz in Madrid.


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