Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

The 180° Rule (Khate Farzi)

Special Screening

Farnoosh Samadi / Feature Narrative / Iran / 2020 / 83 min / Colour
In Farsi
Interests: Drama
MENA Premiere


Sara, a schoolteacher from Tehran, is preparing for a wedding in northern Iran with her daughter and husband, Hamed. But when an unforeseen emergency at work arises, Hamad suddenly forbids the rest of his family from attending without him. When reasoning and a charm offensive do not work, the determined Sara hatches an insidious plan that would allow her and her daughter to go in secret. But an unexpected event at the wedding causes Sara’s minor act of petty rebellion to snowball into something much more severe.
Inspired by real events and signalling the first film in an upcoming trilogy about secrets and lies, Farnoosh Samadi’s feature directorial debut is a fascinatingly layered story. One of tragedy, injustices, conjecture, and pivotal choices that all lead Sara ultimately on a painful path to atonement. The 180-degree rule is a common filmmaking guideline for spatial relations between two characters on screen. Very fitting for a tale of complex ethical dilemmas which can always be perceived differently depending on your point of view.

About the Directors

Farnoosh Samadi was born in Iran and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. She wrote the screenplays for the short films ‘More Than Two Hours’ (2013), which screened in the Official Competition at the Festival de Cannes, and ‘The Baby’ (2014), which premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, among others. She is currently co-writing a feature-length film with Ali Asgari, which has been accepted at the Cinéfondation Residence at Cannes. ‘The Silence’, her first short film, had its premiere in the Official Competition at Cannes this year.


Farnoosh Samadi
Farnoosh Samadi
Ali Mosaffa
Meisam Molaei
Production Designer
Siamak Karinejad
Peyman Yazdanian
Masoud Salami
Sales Company
Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
Production Company
Ali Mosaffa productions
Amirhossein Ghasemi
Amirhossein Ghasemi
Sahar Dolatshahi, Pejman Jamshidi

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