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Între revoluții

Between Revolutions
Still from the film "Între revoluții" by Vlad Petri. Two rows of women in pink outfits are kneeling next to each other, their left arms extended forwards. There is a blonde woman with a light hat in the centre of the image.
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  • Director

    Vlad Petri

  • Romania, Croatia, Qatar, Iran / 2023
    68 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    Romanian, Farsi

In the 1970s, an Iranian student named Zahra meets a fellow student called Maria at university in Bucharest. They are both pursuing a degree in medicine and develop a deep friendship and admiration for each other. When the revolution against the Shah breaks out in 1979, Zahra goes back to Iran, moved by the hope of political transformation, although disappointments are quick to follow. Zahra never ends up returning to Romania. Over the next decades, Zahra and Maria exchange letters about protests, the general upheaval in both countries, the oppression of women and how it affects them; Romania is not to remain untouched by revolution either. Separated by the revolutions, their correspondence depicts two women struggling to conform to societal stereotypes and grappling with their profound feelings for each other, which seem to stretch beyond simple friendship. In his film, Vlad Petri draws entirely on incredible, stunningly edited archival footage from Iran and Romania to tell the story of these two women in such a way that the lines between documentary and fiction blur. In such testing times, doesn’t such a bond almost seem too good to be true? (Jacqueline Nsiah)

Production Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan. Production company Activ Docs (Bukarest, Romania). Director Vlad Petri. Screenplay Lavinia Braniște, Vlad Petri. Editing Dragoș Apetri, Cătălin Cristuțiu, Vlad Petri. Sound Filip Mureșan, Vlad Voinescu. Production manager Elena Martin. Co-producer Oliver Sertić. Co-production Restart. With Victoria Stoiciu, Ilinca Harnut.

Vlad Petri, born in Bistriţa, Romania in 1979, he studied cinematography as well as visual and media anthropology. He is active as a filmmaker, screenwriter and cinematographer. His films have been shown and won awards at international festivals.

Filme: 2014: București, unde esti? / Where Are You Bucharest? (80 min.). 2020: Cerbul a trecut prin fața mea / The Deer Passed in front of Me (27 min.). 2021: Același vis / The Same Dream (30 min.). 2023: Între revoluții / Between Revolutions.

Bonus Material

Essay and Director’s Commentary on ÎNTRE REVOLUȚII

  • Still from the film "Între revoluții" by Vlad Petri. Masses of people are huddled across four stories in a building structure. There are even more people on the street in front of the structure. There is a fabric poster hanging off the building, with red and black writing in Farsi.


    In “Story of a Parting“, Esther Buss explains why ÎNTRE REVOLUȚII is as much a film of division as of connection

  • Still from the film "Între revoluții" by Vlad Petri. Two women, one dressed entirely in red, the other with a red shirt and a dark jacket, are walking along a market together.

    Director’s Commentary

    Vlad Petri on how wanting to know more about his mother led to ÎNTRE REVOLUȚII

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