THE MARRIAGE PROJECT

By Hesam ESLAMI, Atieh ATTARZADE

ARASFILMS - as PROD

Romance - Completed 2020

The new head of a Tehran psychiatric hospital has an idea to experiment with: find a couple who may want to live together there as romantic and sexual partners.

Festivals
& Awards

vision de reel 2020
Thessaloniki IFF 2020
Mellinium 2020
jean roch 2020
Fajr International Film Festival 2021
Market Screening
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Romance, Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • IRAN, FRANCE, QATAR
    • Languages
    • PERSIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Hesam ESLAMI, Atieh ATTARZADE
    • Producer(s)
    • Etienne DE RICAUD
    • Synopsis
    • Encourage the patients from a psychiatric hospital to form relationships with each other, get married and live as a family. That
      is the bold new idea of the head of Ehsan House in Southern Tehran. For the past 20 years, its 480 patients have lived in separate male
      and female units with no hope of ever leaving or of having meaningful intimate relationships. But in 2017, the head of the centre secured
      the necessary funding to build a new unit of marital facilities. Despite strong opposition to his project, he was convinced the patients would benefit from being in a couple.
      As a selection committee begins evaluating patients, intriguing questions begin to arise, and hidden affections come to the surface. Finally, the team selects two patients to form the first couple
      of the experiment. Are these two patients capable of having a relationship that leads to marriage? What do their families think? And what about the patients who were not selected but still crave human relationships? A compelling and compassionate look at the often-invisible hierarchies and unspoken laws of a self-contained community, where love is often forced to find a way around the rules.