Australian Premiere | 2013

Director's Biography
Director's Biography
Born in 1963 in Tehran, Parviz Shahbazi is a graduate of filmmaking from Tehran’s Iran Broadcasting College. During the early 80’s he began writing short stories and directing short films. He edited several films and directed 12 short films before making his first feature film, Traveller from the South, in 1996.His debut feature film, as well as his second film, Whispers went to numerous festivals and brought him international recognition, collecting several prizes along the way in such events as Tokyo, San Jose and Annonay. In 2002, his third film, Deep Breath was shown at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival to great success. Among other accolades it won a FIPRESCI award at Pusan and the Jury special award at Turin as well as the Best Film award at the Belgrade Author Festival. Trapped is his fifth film which brought him the best director award from Fajr Festival, Tehran 2013.


Nazanin is a first year medical student. There is no free space in university dorm and she is looking for a studio to rent.
Tehran is so expensive and Nazanin does not have enough money to rent a place. So she is obliged to share the place with Sahar, a girl working in a fragrance shop. Sahar wants to migrate from Iran, so she has borrowed some money from a man in Bazaar. After a while, the man’s complaint leads to Sahar’s imprisonment and Nazanin does everything she can to release her friend…


  • Vancouver Int’l Film Festival
  • Busan International Film Festival
  • Chicago Int’l Film Festival
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Chennai International Film Festival
  • Winner of second film of audience point of view in third Iranian Prag Film Festival
  • Dhaka Int’l Film Festival
  • Black Movie Festival/Geneva, Switzerland1
  • Goteborg Int’l Film Festival
  • Deauville Asian Int’l Film Festival
  • Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival
  • Minneapolis-St.Paul Film Festival
  • Edition of Film Middle East Now
  • Golden Apricot International Film Festival
  • Extended Programme of Hong Kong Film Festival in China-Art Institute

Production Team

Parviz Shahbazi
92 min
Persian with English Subtitles
Premiere Status 
Parviz Shahbazi
Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Asghar Farhadi
Nazanin Bayati, Pegah Ahangarani, Behrang Alavi, Farid Samavati, Ahmad Mehranfar, Amir Samavati.

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