Sunless Shadows. 2019. Iran/Norway. Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei. Courtesy Dreamlab Films. In Farsi; English subtitles. 74 min.
North American premiere As they serve time in a Tehran juvenile correction facility for the murder of their abusive fathers, husbands, and brothers-in-law—some of them abetted by their mothers, now on death row—a group of Iranian teenage girls share intimate, harrowing stories of the past and their adolescent dreams of the future. “It says everything that many of these long-mistreated young women finally find liberty in incarceration,” Guy Lodge writes in Variety. “The great grace of Oskouei’s subtly devastating film is that he doesn’t take it upon himself to say so.”