The Sun of that Moon

(Khorshid-e Aan Mah)


Directed by: Setareh Eskandari

Written by: Somayeh Tajik

Producer: Manouchehr Mohammadi

Executive Producer: Hossein Akbari

Director of Photography: Masud Amini Tirani

Editor: Bahram Dehghani

Music: Hossein Alizadeh

Costume and Production Designer: Majid Ali Eslam

Sound: Mehran Malakouti

Make-up: Sara Eskandari

Visual Effects: Ozhan Seyed Ashrafi

Cast: Nazanin Farahani (Beeban), Pejman Bazeghi (Hamraz), Amir Hossein Hashemi (Balach), Eshagh Balouch Nasab (Pir Morad), Sadegh Balouchi (Miran).

Iran, 2021, Alexa Mini, 2160p, DCP, 2K, Color, 1:1:77, 5.1, 93 mins.

Language(s): Farsi (Balochi Dialect).



Of love and silence…


In the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, a Baloch widow named Beeban decides to keep silent and not to speak anymore. She lives in her father-in-law’s house with her son, Miran. When her childhood playmate, Hamraz, returns home, once again they begin feeling in the mood for love. But everyone tries to force her to forget all about this forbidden love…

Director’s View:

As a woman filmmaker, in my first film, I had two important issues to focus on: love and silence. These are the two vital elements underlining the importance of life and words, but it seems that both of them are tragically forgotten in our times.

In the lack of love and silence, the movies have also damaged different races all through the history. In Iranian cinema, the Baloch ethnic community has been always depicted as a violent race unjustifiably. So in THE SUN OF THAT MOON, we did our best to present a realistic picture of them, their culture, the environment, the music, the arts, the colors and the aromas surrounding them…

Director’s Profile:

Born in 1974 in Torbat Heydariyeh, Khorasan, Iran, Setareh Eskandari is a prolific actress who is highly acclaimed and awarded in different theatre, TV and film ceremonies and festivals.

Working with big names in Iranian theatre, most notably with Ali Rafiee in Dey Troop, Eskandari has been also active as stage and TV play director.

THE SUN OF THAT MOON is her directorial debut feature film.

Feature Films: 2021- THE SUN OF THAT MOON.


Festivals and Awards:

1- International Film Festival of India – Goa (November 2021 – India).

  • World Panorama.

2- Iranian Film Festival Zurich (June 2022 – Switzerland).

  • Main Competition.

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

  • Main Competition.

4- Les Rimbaud du Cinema (October 2022 – France).

  • Main Competition.

5- Sofia MENAR Film Festival (January 2023 – Bulgaria).

  • Focus on Iranian Women Filmmakers.

6- “Flowers against Bullets” Film Festival (March 2023 – Austria).

  • Nominations for Prize of Cultures, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Music Score.

7- Iranian Women Film Festival in Frankfurt (April  2023 – Germany).

8- Women Media Arts and Film Festival (May 2023 – Australia).

  • Feature Films Competition.

9- Idromeno Independent Film Festival (May 2023 – Albania).

  • Best Director Award.

10- International IMAGO Film Festival of Civitella del Tronto 2023 (Italy – July 2023).

  • International Feature Films.
  • Casablanca Award for the Best Film (Setareh Eskandari).
  • Stanley Kubrick Award for the Best Director (Setareh Eskandari).

11- Nouvelles Images Persanes (France, November 2023).

  • Main Competition.

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

  • Competition.
  • Best Actress Award (Nazanin Farahani).
  • Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score Nominee.


World Sales: