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Ayeh Haye Zaye

Ayeh Haye Zaye

Original name: Ayeh Haye Zaye
English name: Terrestrial Verses
Year: 2023
Run time: 77 Min
Language: Persian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Iran
Director: Alireza Khatami, Ali Asgari
Producers: Ali Asgari, Milad Khosravi, Alireza Khatami, Cyrus Neshvad, Reyhaneh Rad
Cast: Bahram Ark, Arghavan Shabani, Servin Zabetian, Sadaf Asgari, Faezeh Rad, Hossein Soleymani, Majid Salehi, Farzin Mohades, Gouhar Kheir Andish, Ardeshir Kazemi
Screenplay: Alireza Khatami, Ali Asgari
Cinematographer: Adib Sobhani
Editor: Ehsan Vaseghi
Sound Designer: Alireza Alavian
Music Composer: Masoud Fayaz Zadeh
Production Company: Taat Films, Seven Springs Pictures, Tell Tall Tale, Cynefilms
World Sales: Films Boutique


  • Cannes: Un Certain Regard 2023
  • BFI London 2023
  • Vancouver IFF 2023
  • MAMI Mumbai 2023
  • Melbourne IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • Alireza Khatami: 2017 Oblivion Verses
  • Ali Asgari: 2022 Until Tomorrow, 2017 Disappearance

Director's Biography:

Alireza Khatami

Alireza Khatami is an award-winning Iranian American filmmaker based in Canada. His debut feature, Oblivion Verses developed at the Cinéfondation Residency of the Festival de Cannes, premiered at the Venice FF, 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 2022


Ali Asgari is a prominent Iranian cinema figure with more than 200 awards to his name. His debut film, Disappearance, was developed at the Cinéfondation Residency of the Festival de Cannes and had its world premiere at the Venice FF in 2017. Until Tomorrow his second film, at the Berlinale in 2022.


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.