In Nima’s vivid stories, the gloomy scrapyard becomes a formula 1 race track. His younger sister Tara listens to him, captivated. Tara is blind. While their parents quarrel, gesticulating silently, Nima creates a colourful, happy world in which Tara can grow up without worry. Even when their mother suddenly abandons the family, Nima playfully maintains his version of reality, confronting tragedy with hope.
by Maryam Zarei
with Atena Soleymani, Taha Najafpour, Mansour Nasiri, Rosemaryam Kazemi
Iran / Canada 2019 Farsi 18’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 10 years and up


  • Atena Soleymani (Tara)
  • Taha Najafpour (Nima)
  • Mansour Nasiri (Father)
  • Rosemaryam Kazemi (Mother)


Director Maryam Zarei
Screenplay Payam Saeedi
Cinematography Ario Motevaghe
Editing Pooyan Sholevar
Music Farhad Khosravi
Sound Design Hasan Shabankare
Sound Ahmad Saberi
Production Design Aram Mousavi
Make-Up Sina Kalani
Colour Correction Nima Dabir Zadeh
Visual Effects Mohammad Jamshidi
Assistant Director Hamed Azizi
Production Manager Amir Morsali
Producer Maryam Zarei

Produced by

Maryam Zarei

Maryam Zarei

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1989, she studied theatre directing at the city’s Soore University and theatre practice at the University of Alberta in Canada. She has been working as a director since 2008, initially in radio drama. She is interested in experimental theatre and pays special attention to the various qualities of sound and noise in her plays. Magralen marks her first foray into filmmaking.


2019 Magralen; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019