Abadan (film)

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Directed by Mani Haghighi
Produced byAhmad Ali Moussavi
Mehdi Safavi
Jacques Tizabi
Written by Mani Haghighi
StarringEhsan Amani
Farzaneh Arastoo
Dariush Asadzade
Habib Dehghan Nasab
Shahrokh Foroutanian
Jamshid Mashayekhi
Fatemeh Motamed-Aria
Hedye Tehrani
Cinematography Mahmoud Kalari
Edited byMastaneh Mohajer
Release date
  • October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08)
Running time
83 min
Country Iran
Language Persian

Abadan (Persian : آبادان) is a 2003 drama film by the Iranian filmmaker Mani Haghighi. It was his first feature film after making a few short films. Since the film was not pre-approved by Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and because it included profanity and spoken references to extramarital relations, it bypassed Tehran's 2003 Fajr International Film Festival and had its world premier in Chicago at the 2003 Festival of Films from Iran. It was also shown at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. [1]

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.

The year 2003 in film involved some significant events.

Iran Country in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia and officially known as the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), it is the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. The country's central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the country's capital and largest city, as well as its leading economic and cultural center.



Amir has always wished to travel to Abadan and now in his elderly days he wants to materialise his wish, but before doing so he needs to return a package to a friend. In this process he goes missing. Marjan, a middle-aged, middle-class Tehran resident and Amir's daughter, is distraught when her father goes missing. She goes to see her estranged husband, Aman, who reluctantly agrees to look for Amir, while Marjan watches over Aman's house, which is being renovated. Aman enlists the aid of his old friend, Atta, and the two drive off in search of Amir, who presumably took off to find an old friend whom he seems to have forgotten died years earlier.


Saman Arastoo Iranian actor and film director

Saman Arastoo is an Iranian actor and director born 1967 in Shahrud, Iran. He starred in the 2003 drama Abadan prior to gender transition, and directs plays regarding the acceptance of transgender people in Iranian society. His play Khodkar-é-Bikar features transgender characters played by transgender actors.

Jamshid Mashayekhi Iranian actor

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  1. Ralske, Josh, "Abadan (2003)". Allmovie