PARI, the new film by Siamak Etemadi, will have its world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section.


Babak, an Iranian student in Greece, doesn’t show up to welcome his visiting parents at the Athens airport. Pari and her older husband, both devout Muslims abroad for the first time, are ill-prepared to search for their son in an intimidating and alien environment. All their attempts to find a clue that might lead them to him prove to be in vain and they soon reach a dead end. But Pari can’t give up looking for him, even when returning to Iran seems like her only choice.

Following the steps of her rebellious son in the darkest corners of the city, she will exhaust her inner strength to achieve more than a mother’s search for her missing son.

Festivals & Awards

  • 70th Berlinale: Panorama 2020



  • 2020 Pari
  • 2012 Cavo d’Oro (Short)
  • 2003 Paramithas (Short)
  • 2001 Vignette (Short)


Bijan Daneshmand, Melika Foroutan, Sofia Kokkali, Argiris Pantazaras, Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Lena Kitsopoulou, Leyteris Tsatsis, Shahbaz Noshir


Screenplay: Siamak Etemadi
Cinematography: Claudio Bolivar
Editing: Panos Voutsaràs
Sound: Boris Trayanov, Vincent Sinceretti, Jan Schermer
Music: Pierre Aviat
Producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas
Co-producers: Borislav Chouchkov, Gabrielle Dumon, Laurette Schillings, Frans Van Gestel, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade
Production: Heretic (GR), Le Bureau (FR), TopKapi Films (NL), The Chouchkov Brothers (BG), Bord Cadre films (CH)

Technical Data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 101′
Released: 2020
Language: Persian, English, Greek
Subtitles: English, French