One. Two. One screening at New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland.
30th July-01st August 2018.
When the young Ava (Neda Amiri) is involved in a tragic accident, her attractive face is deformed. She slowly learns to accept her new appearance while realizing that life will never be the same again. At least that’s what the people gathered around her seem to think, as they constantly recall her former beauty. In her second feature film, which consists of a series of short scenes-witty, sad, and sometimes even frightening-Iranian director Mania Akbari, who is no stranger to New Horizons audiences, listens to whispered gossip and conversations at a beauty salon, at a restaurant and even at a fortune-teller’s as she examines the reactions to the presence of a girl who, according to a society that values the right appearance above everything else, suddenly stops being beautiful. Although even the camera seems to be afraid to look her right in the eye sometimes, Ava has no intention of hiding. And she soon gets tired of playing the role of a constant victim recalling the past.