Here Without Me

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Here Without Me
Here Without Me.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bahram Tavakoli
Produced by Saeed Sadi
Screenplay by Bahram Tavakoli
Based on The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Starring Saber Abar
Negar Javaherian
Fatemeh Motamed-Aria
Parsa Pirouzfar
Music by Hamed Sabet
Cinematography Hamid Khozouie Abyaneh
Edited by Bahram Dehghan
Release date
  • October 3, 2011 (2011-10-03) (Hamburg Film Festival)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Iran
Language Persian

Here Without Me (Persian: این‌جا بدون من‎) is an Iranian drama film directed by Bahram Tavakoli, produced in 2010 and screened in 2011.

The story is about a family of three dreaming about their wishes, and was inspired by the play The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams.[1] Fatemeh Motamed-Arya won the best actress award in the 35th Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) for this film.[2]


Based on The Glass Menagerie, the movie details the story of Yalda (Negar Javaherian), a disabled girl who has a great interest for collecting glass animals. She harbors a secret attraction towards her brother Ehsan's best friend Reza (Parsa Pirouzfar). Her brother Ehsan (Saber Abar), whose voiceover introduces the film, writes poetry and desperately dreams of leaving Iran. He dreams of being a writer and spends his spare time haunting cinemas and watching old movies over and over. Farideh (Fatemeh Motamed-Aria) holds down two jobs to help support her family. Farideh is the only member of the family who interacts with the brutal conditions of Iran and willingly takes the challenge. Farideh is trying her best to find a prompt suitor for her introvert daughter Yalda.

Foreign festivals

Screened and welcomed by critics and audience in 11th Tiburon Film Festival [3] 35th Montréal Film Festival, 2011 [4] 2nd Iranian Film Festival Australia, 2012 [5] 36th Cleveland International Film Festival, 2012 [6]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2011 36th Montréal Film Festival Best Actress prize [7] Fatemeh Motamed-Arya Won


  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 148. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  2. ^ "Awards Of The World Film Festival – Montréal 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08.
  3. ^ "Iran's 'Here without Me' warmly received in Tiburon intl. filmfest". PressTV. 25 April 2012. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Awards Of The World Film Festival – Montréal 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08.
  5. ^ "Iranian Film Festival Australia – October 2012". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12.
  6. ^ "Cleveland International Film Festival – March 2012". Archived from the original on 2012-08-02.
  7. ^ "Awards Of The World Film Festival – Montréal 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08.

External links

  • Here Without Me on IMDb
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