Intimacy and infertility – Iranian style

movie & TV January 09, 2018 13:00

By The Nation

The popular “Contemporary World” Film series makes its return to TK Park next month, kicking off with the Iranian film “Leila” on February 10.

Released in 2011, the film has often been described as one of the best in Iranian cinema, and is directed by one of the country’s most admired filmmakers Dariush Meherjui.

The movie shows how the most intimate of dramas can be portrayed with insight and intensity, minus intimate scenes or actions, which is the hallmark of Iran’s austere but world-renowned cinema.

The film portrays Leila and Reza (Leila Hatami and Ali Mosaffa), a deeply-in-love married couple, who come from modern, upper class families. When Leila learns she is infertile and cannot have children, her husband is cool about it, but not his mother. The latter convinces Leila that it is her duty to allow him to marry again (permissible by Muslim law). Leila is disturbed, but agrees to it, much to her husband’s confusion. When he does marry again, they realise that it affects both of them much more than they expected.

Actress Hatami, who shot to fame in the 2011 Oscar-winning film “A Separation”, has been showered with praise for her portrayal of the wife. 

The screening of “Leila” is supported by the Cultural Centre of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bangkok, which will serve a variety of Iranian snacks and tea, after the screening. The Iranian ambassador Mohsen Mohammadi will introduce the film.

The film is suitable for audiences over the age of 16.

Entry fee is Bt20. The film screens at 4pm at the TK Park on the eighth floor of CentralWorld. Book your tickets in advance by emailing and