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La Sirène

The Siren

Original name:La Sirène
English name: The Siren
Year: 2023
Run time: 100 Min
Language: Persian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium
Director: Sepideh Farsi
Producers: Sébastien Onomo
Cast: Hamidreza Djavdan, Mina Kavani
Screenplay: Javad Djavahery
Animation: Zaven Najjar
Cinematographer: --
Editor: Isabelle Manquillet, Grégoire Sivan
Sound Designer: Luca Theis, Pierre Vedovato
Music Composer: Erik Truffaz
Production Company: Les films d’Ici
World Sales: BAC Films


  • Berlinale 2023
  • Annecy IAF 2023
  • Valladolid IFF 2023
  • Thessaloniki IFF 2023
  • MAMI Mumbai FF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2017 7 Veils (Documentary)
  • 2014 Red Rose
  • 2009 Tehran Without Permission
  • 2007 Harat
  • 2003 Dreams of Dust
  • 2001 Homi D. Sethna, Filmmaker (Documentary)
  • 1998 The World Is My Home (Documentary)

Director's Biography:

Sepideh Farsi

Sepideh Farsi was born in Tehran, Iran, she moved to Paris to study mathematics but soon turned her focus to filmmaking. After making several short films, she made a documentary Homi D. Sethna, Filmmaker (2001), which won the FIPRESCI Prize, Cinéma du Réel, and Traces de Vie prize. Her documentaries Harat and Tehran Without Permission both premiered at Locarno, her first two feature films Dreams of Dust and The Gaze at the IFF Rotterdam. Her most recent documentary 7 Veils received the Grand Prix of the French Competition at the IFF Marseille. Farsi was a Member of the Locarno IFF Jury in Best First Feature in 2009.


1980, Abadan. The capital of the Iranian oil industry is resisting an Iraqi siege. Fourteen-year-old Omid has braved the siege and stayed in the city with his grandfather, waiting for his elder brother to return from the front line. Along with Omid, a gallery of unusual characters have all remained in the city for their own reasons, and each resists in his or her own way. But the noose is tightening as Omid tries to save his loved ones. But how can you resist in a war without taking up arms? Then Omid finds an abandoned ship in Abadan’s harbour. Is this the answer to saving the people he loves?