Written & Directed by: Seyyed Morteza Fatemi

Producers: Mohammad Reza Mesbah, Ali Oji

Executive Producer: Saleh Moazzenzadeh

DoP: Masoud Salami

Editor: Mohammad Najjarian

Music: Bamdad Afshar

Production Designer: Soheil Danesh Eshraghi

Costume Designer: Golnaz Golshan

Sound Designer: Hossein Ghourchian

Make-up: Mahmoud Dehghani

Visual Effects: Iran Novin Lab

Cast: Amir Aghaei (Amir Ali), Mitra Hajjar (Marjan), Pejman Jamshidi (Mahmoud), Pardis Pourabedini (Mahrouz).

Iran, 2022, Arri Alexa Mini LF, DCP, 2K, 2:1, 5.1, 84 mins.

Language(s): Farsi



An educated, middle aged couple, Amir Ali and Marjan, lead a quiet life. When Marjan insists on renting a womb and a surrogate mother enters their life, unintentionally they go through different tests and face moral dilemmas.

Director’s View:

To gain something, you must lose a lot of things. There is no dream fulfilled unless you pay its price…

Director’s Profile:

Born in 1983 in Tehran, Seyyed Morteza Fatemi, writer, director, producer and TV host, is a graduate in Petroleum Engineering and PHD student of Political Philosophy. He started his career as a journalist and through the years of his activity, worked as editor in chief in a number of weeklies and news agencies. Then Fatemi entered Iranian Television and pursued his career as creator of Talk Shows and TV Series – including “Dark Intelligence” which won the Best TV Crime Drama Award in Moscow International Festival DetectiveFEST. In 2022, he directed his debut feature film, MOTHERLESS.

Feature Films: 2022- MOTHERLESS.


Festivals & Awards:

1- Dhaka International Film Festival (January 2023 – Bangladesh).

  • Asian Competition.
  • Best Film Award.

2- Crossing the Screen Film Festival (March 2023 – UK).

  • Best Narrative Feature Film.

3- Bengaluru International Film Festival (March 2023 – India).

  • Best Film Award (Asian Competition).

4- Crossing the Screen Program at  Leaf Hall Community Cinema (May 2023 – UK).

  • Special Screening.

5- Rainbow International Film Festival London (June 2023 – UK).

  • Best Director Award.

6- Wales International Film Festival (September 2023 – UK).

  • Best Foreign Language Film Award.

7- Asian Film Festival – Barcelona (November 2023 – Spain).

  • Official Panorama Competition.

8- Asia Pacific Film Festival (November 2023 – Macau, China).

  • Competition.
  • Best Supporting Actress Nominee (Mitra Hajjar).


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