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Original name: Ashil
English name: Achilles
Year: 2023
Run time: 116 Min
Language: Persian, Azerbaijani
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Iran, Germany, France
Director: Farhad Delaram
Producers: Saeed Shahsavari, Frieda Oberlin, Johannes Suhm, Caroline Nataf
Cast: Mirsaeed Molavian, Behdokht Valian, Roya Afshar, Neda Aghighi, Firouz Agheli
Screenplay: Farhad Delaram
Cinematographer: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Editor: Sasan Khoshniat
Sound Designer:Rober Hefter, Jonas Lechenmayr, Kai Unger, Hadi Manavipour
Music Composer: Mehrdad Jafari Raad
Production Company: GalanGedan Film Production, Basis Berlin Filmproduktion, Barrieri Filmproduktion, Unité
World Sales: Visit Films


  • Toronto IFF 2023
  • San Sebastian IFF 2023
  • Rome FF 2023
  • Munich FF 2023
  • MAMI Mumbai FF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2022 My Name Salma (Short)
  • 2021 Sillage: Portrait of an Onlooker (Short)
  • 2020 Expo Pandemic (Short)
  • 2019 Tattoo (Short)
  • 2017 Away from Home (Short)

Director's Biography:

Farhad Delaram

Farhad Delaram is an award-winning writer and director who was born in Iran, in 1988. He graduated from the University of Tehran with a master’s degree in cinema and has directed nine independent short films. His short, Tattoo, won the Crystal Bear award at the 69th Berlinale and screened in the Generation 14plus section. Tattoo has screened in over 90 film festivals across the globe picking up numerous awards along the way and is part of the Criterion Collection. Achilles is Delaram’s first feature length film.


A former filmmaker, now employed as a nighttime medical worker, helps a political prisoner escape her jail-like existence. Together they travel through Iran, connecting with local citizens experiencing similar problems while trying to keep one step ahead of the government authorities looking to recapture the pair