I'm Not Angry!
|I'm Not Angry!|
|Directed by||Reza Dormishian|
|Written by||Reza Dormishian|
Baran Kosari |
|Distributed by||Iranian Independents|
I'm Not Angry! (Persian: عصبانی نیستم, translit. Asabani Nistam!) is a 2014 Iranian drama film written and directed by Reza Dormishian. The film was screened in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
A 2013 production, I’m not angry! was a controversial film in 32nd Fajr Film Festival in 2014 and the only Iranian film in 64th Berlin International Film Festival in 2014. It is Reza Dormishian’s second feature film after the feature Hatred. Shot completely in Tehran, I’m not angry! explicitly criticises today’s conditions in Iran, and as it is written at the beginning of the film, it is ‘A Free Adaptation of Today Iran’. The film depicts the bitter story of Navid, an Iranian Kurd university student, who has become “starred” - a term used in Iran for the university students who have been expelled from university because of their political beliefs or activities, hence the insertion of an asterisk in front of their names. Navid tries hard not to lose his love Setareh [the Persian word for ‘star’] in I’m not angry! They met 4 years ago during the unrest in Tehran after the disputed election in 2009, and now Setareh’s father asks Navid to clarify his relation with her. We accompany Navid in his efforts to provide the minimum requirements of living, and we take a glance at the various layers of the social classes in Iran. I’m not angry! is an independent product in the Iranian cinema. That is, the film has not received any financial help from any institute, organisation, centre, institution, state-run or non-governmental network or foundation. The shooting of I’m not angry! was done in more than 60 locations from the northernmost to the southernmost areas in Tehran. The film stars Baran Kosari.
I’m not angry! is the story of Navid, a starred and expelled university student who - while trying to provide the least requirements of a normal life -, tries not to get angry when he is faced with the immoralities prevalent in the society, and does all he can not to lose his love, Setareh.
Berlin International Film Festival The Festival’s website announced on 18 January that I’m not angry! would be screened in the 64th Berlinale, held 6-16 February 2014 in Germany, as the sole representative of the Iranian cinema. The film had an enthusiastic reception from the critics and audience, and after each screening, Reza Dormishian and the two leading actors Baran Kosari and Navid Mohammadzadeh attended the press conferences among lengthy applauses.
I’m Not Angry! won 3 Top Asian New Talent awards at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival : Award for Best Film, Award for Best Director and Award for the Vincent Ward Prize which is sponsored by the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. 
- "Asabani Nistam!". Berlinale. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
- "Top Asian New Talent awards for film and director go to Iran's Reza Dormishian". SIFF. Retrieved 2014-06-22.