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dir. Bani Khoshnoudi

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After running away from the persecution in his county, Ramin, a gay young man, arrives to Mexico when the merchant ship that he was boarding lands on Veracruz. Secluded from all that his world views represented, he lives within the margins of exile, where his nostalgia and melancholy are confronted with new loves and friendships. Gradually, he starts to rediscover his own desires.

Director:Bani Khoshnoudi Production / Elsa Reyes, Bani Khoshnoudi, Athina Rachel Production Companies / Zensky Cine, Pensée Sauvage Films ,Foprocine, Haos Film, Aurora Dominicana, KinoElektron Tsangari, Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán. Screenplay / Bani Khoshnoudi Cinematography / Benjamin Echazarreta Original Score / Sohrab Karimi Editing / Gil Gónzalez Penilla, Miguel Schverdfinger Sound / Felix Blume, Javier Umpierrez, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Coutollenc Cast / Arash Marandi, Flor Eduarda Gurrola, Luis Alberti, Eligio Meléndez, Eduardo Mendizábal, Uriel Ledesma, Ishbel Mata

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Ficción, 88 min.

Bani Khoshnoudi

Tehran, 1977. Director, writer and producer. She grew up in the United States, where she studied cinematography and cinema. As a visual artist, her work adresses the displacement and colective memory. Her short film TRANSIT won the jury's price at the Premiers Plans Angers (2005), and her first feature film, ZIBA, was part of the Cinéfondation.


  • 2018—Luciérnagas
  • 2012—Ziba
  • 2008—A People in the Shadows
  • 2005—Transit

Festivales y Premios

  • 2019 Festival de Cine de Gotemburgo
  • 2019 Festival de Cine de Miami
    Premio a Mejor Película (HBO Ibero-American Competition)
  • 2019 Festival de Cine de América Latina Toulouse
  • 2018 FICM Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia
    Selección Oficial
  • 2018 FICUNAM


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“It is a movie about gay experience, it is not about migration, but about displacement, about forgetfulness, memory and reconstruction, global and deeply human topics. The characters in the movie end up meeting in the middle at some point but in reality, it is a history with no end.”

—The director for Encuadres

“Exile, identity and sexuality, a triage of elements that are mixed in the character of Ramin, an iranian migrant who lands in Veracruz harbor, a place of transference/transit/transport for a character that is  not only running away from his demons, but also from the problematic reality of being gay in the middle east; the search for the embrace of an identity that welcoms his true self.”

—José Emilio Sarmiento: Panorama

“The topic of marginalization born out of facism and violent contexts, in which, one way of another, the “fireflies” (from Pasolini’s essay) manage to comunicate insided the shadows where they were exiled to.”

— Matt Micucci: Gay Essential 

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