Saeed ROUSTAEE Iran 169 mins PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
Boasting a tour de force ensemble, Leila’s Brothers is a masterful family drama that echoes Greek tragedies.
In cutthroat and corrupt Tehran, Leila cares for her elderly parents and four adult brothers. Its fortunes in sharp decline, the family is surrounded by wealth and respect that could have been theirs. Leila dreams of starting a family business as a way out of the smothering debts and to avoid spiralling into poverty. However, her plans are sabotaged by her self-pitying parents, unreliable band of brothers and gendered expectations.
Leila’s Brothers delivers a microcosm of patriarchy in Iran, with an emotionally charged screenplay that pierces through the veil of oppressive traditions. And in a society ruled by self-interest to the extreme, a family member would have no qualms throwing another under the bus just to get ahead.
Saeed ROUSTAEE is an Iranian director, screenwriter and producer. His films explore the social conditions of his home country and the intricacies of familial relationships. His previous feature Just 6.5 (2019) picked up the Best Director Award at Tokyo International Film Festival. Leila’s Brothers, his third directorial feature, competed in the main competition at Cannes where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.