of Tehran is preparing to celebrate the traditional New Year with the festival
of fire (Fireworks Wednesday), which falls on the last Tuesday night
before the official New Year begins. On this auspicious evening, a young woman
named Rouhi is employed by a young couple to clean their house. Sweet and naive,
Rouhi is engaged to be married, but her innocence is shattered when she finds
her employers household in crisis over accusations of infidelity.FIREWORKS
WEDNESDAY delves into the untidy lives of contemporary Iranians to reveal the
complicated relationships of its threedimensional characters, beautifully realized
by these seasoned actors. Exploring the social hierarchies of Iranian society,
this film gives us a rare glimpse into the private lives of a people often misunderstood
by the outside world. FIREWORKS WEDNESDSAY reaches beyond the political rhetoric
of today's headlines to show us a society of people who must contend with problems
not unlike our own.
|Chicago Intl. Film Festival,
Gold Hugo for Best Film|
Los Palmas Film Festival, Best Film
Intl. Film Festival, Junior Jury Award
Los Angeles Film Festival, Official
Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection
Directed by Asghar Farhadi. With Hedieh Tehrani,
Taraneh Alidousti, Hamid Farokh-nejad, Pantea Bahram, and Matin Heydar-nia. Written
by Asghar Farhadi and Mani Haghighi. Cinematography by Hossein Jafarian. Edited
by Hayedeh Safiyari. Produced by Jamal Sadatian for Boshra Films and Dreamlab.
Iran/2006/Color/Fullscreen/104 mins. In Farsi with optional English subtitles.