Terrestrial Verses

Ali Asgari / Alireza Khatami


Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.

Режија / Director
Alireza Khatami
Ali Asgari

Сценарио / Screenplay
Alireza Khatami
Ali Asgari

Директор фотографије / Director of Photography
Adib Sobhani 

Монтажа / Film Editing
Ehsan Vaseghi 

Продуцент / Producer
Ali Asgari
Milad Khosravi 

Продукцијска кућа / Production Company
Taat Films
Seven Springs Pictures

Улоге / Cast
Bahram Ark
Arghavan Shabani
Servin Zabetian
Sadaf Asgari
Faezeh Rad

Трајање / Duration

Ali Asgari / Alireza Khatami
Director's Biography
Ali Asgari / Alireza Khatami

Ali Asgari is a prominent Iranian cinema figure with more than 200 awards to his name. Two of his short films, More Than Two Hours (2013) and The Silence (2016), were nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes. The latter won Special Mention of the Jury award at Kustendorf 2017. The Baby was featured in the short film competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2014. Ali's films focus on the precarious lives of individuals living on the margins of society in his native country, Iran. His debut film, Disappearance, was developed at the Cinéfondation Residency of the Festival de Cannes and had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in 2017. Until Tomorrow, his second feature film, premiered at the Berlinale in 2022. Ali is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Alireza Khatami is an award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker based in Canada. Born into the indigenous Khamseh tribe in Iran, he is influenced by his heritage's rich storytelling traditions. His films poignantly investigate the interconnection of memory, trauma, and power dynamics, often through a philosophical lens and with a dark sense of humor. He has worked with esteemed filmmakers such as Asghar Farhadi. His debut feature, Oblivion Verses, developed at the Cinéfondation Residency of the Festival de Cannes, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, winning three awards, including the Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay and the FIPRESCI Prize. Alireza also co-wrote Until Tomorrow, which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival. He is currently working on an auto-fictional psychological thriller in Turkey.