For a Moment, Freedom

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For a Moment Freedom
Directed by Arash T. Riahi
Produced by Veit Heiduschka, Wega Film
Written by Arash T. Riahi
Starring Navid Akhavan
Pourya Mahyari
Elika Bozorgi
Sina Saba
Payam Madjlessi
Behi Djanati-Ataï
Kamran Rad
Said Oveissi
Fares Fares
Ezgi Asaroglu
Toufan Manoutcheri
Michael Niavarani
Soussan Azarin
Johannes Silberschneider
Music by Karuan
Cinematography Michael Riebl
Edited by Karina Ressler
Distributed by Les Films du Losange
Release dates
  • August 29, 2008 (2008-08-29) (WFF)
  • January 9, 2009 (2009-01-09) (Austria)
  • January 28, 2009 (2009-01-28) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Austria
Language English

For a Moment Freedom (German: Ein Augenblick Freiheit; French: Pour un instant la liberté) is a 2008 film, written and directed by Austrian-Iranian filmmaker Arash T. Riahi.


For a Moment Freedom tells of the odyssey of three Iranians groups of refugees: a married couple with a child, two young men with two children, and two men who are friends despite the differences between them.

They have all managed to escape from Iran and Iraq, but now they are stuck in the Turkish capital; although freedom is at last almost within their grasp, first they have to wait in a dubious hotel, hoping each day that their applications for asylum will be approved. This enforced break in their journey towards independence is characterised by both hope and utter uncertainty.

The young Austrian-Iranian filmmaker Arash T. Riahi depicts the plight of people trying to flee their homeland and the curious, transitory state of asylum-seekers with tragic comedy and great suspense.


Actor Role
Navíd Akhavan Ali
Pourya Mahyari Mehrdad
Elika Bozorgi Azy
Sina Saba Arman
Payam Madjlessi Hassan
Behi Djanati Ataï Lale
Kamran Rad Kian
Said Oveissi Abbas
Fares Fares Manu
Ezgi Asaroglu Jasmin
Toufan Manoutcheri Mother of Asy and Arman
Michael Niavarani Father of Asy and Arman
Soussan Azarin Grandmother
Muhammed Cangören Grandfather
Kourosh Asadollahi Ahmad
Halilibrahim Sahin Son of Ahmad
Kave Foladi Prosecutor
Johannes Silberschneider Pifko

Filming Locations


Awards Nr. 13 & 14[edit]

10° European Cinema Festival Lecce/Italy

  • Special Jury Award
  • Special Audience Award


Awards Nr. 11 & 12[edit]

5. Amazonas Filmfestival/Manaus Brasil

  • Grande Premio Ficcao - Grand Prize for Best Movie
  • Premio do Público Ficcao - Publics Prize


Award Nr. 10[edit]

2. Festival Internacional San Luis Cine/Argentinian

  • Mejor Guion - Best Screenplay


Awards Nr. 7, 8 & 9[edit]

19. Festival International du Film D'Histoire-Pessac/France

  • Prix du Jury Officiel - Main Award of the Jury
  • Prix du Jury étudiant - Student Award
  • Prix du Public - Publics Prize


Awards Nr. 5 & 6[edit]

For a Moment Freedom has won two more awards at the Festival du Cinéma Européen en Essonne in France. The film was awarded both the Public Award and the Student Award. This festival, which has been running for the last ten years, specializes in political films.

the Festival du Cinéma Européen en Essonne


and a number of students.

Award Nr. 4[edit]

  • Viennale 08-International Filmfestival - Vienna Filmaward for the best Austrian film 2008

For a Moment Freedom wins the Vienna Film Prize for the Best Austrian Film of the year at the 2008 Vienna Film Festival.

"On the basis of a majority decision the 2008 Vienna Film Prize is awarded to the feature film 'For a Moment Freedom' by Arash T. Riahi. The film deals with one of the oldest human longings - the desire for freedom, the desire to live in a better, more just place. The film produces unexpected images of freedom: a piece of paper with a visa, a smile before an execution, an embrace, a cooked swan. In a gripping juxtaposition of tragedy and humor the film succeeds in depicting the reality of people who are refugees. The film shows the happiness and unhappiness of its protagonists without changing its tone. We were impressed by the commanding narrative style as well as the performances of the actors and actresses. We would like to express our warmest congratulations to Arash T. Riahi and his team.”


The jury consisted of,

Award Nr.3[edit]


  • Alain Poire Screenvision Award for Best Director

The prize is named after Alain Poire, the French producer who produced a large number of films, including works by Robert Bresson, Claude Autant-Lara and Yves Robert.


In their statement the jury praised the outstanding direction and acting as well as the universal message of the film.

Award Nr. 2[edit]

For a Moment Freedom was awarded the Golden Eye, the Award for the Best Debut Feature Film, at the 4th Zurich Film Festival by a jury headed by Peter Fonda. The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) is one of the most important international festivals for young talent and is held annually in Zurich. The film festival is committed to promoting the works of young directors and screenwriters from all over the world.

Zurich Film Festival


"We've chosen a film that is both important and moving. Powerfully unveiling the consequences of today's politics on human lives. A talented and strong cast, compelling intertwined stories and the focus on the human experience convinced us."

Award Nr. 1[edit]

At the renowned "A" festival, the World Film Festival in Montreal, For a Moment Freedom has won an award for the best debut feature film, the Golden Zenith for the Best First Fiction Feature Film 2008.[1]



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