Golshifteh Farahani to Star in Les Clochettes de Kaboul; Starts Filming in Kurdistan in September

Golshifteh Farahani has joined the cast of the drama film ‘Les Clochettes de Kaboul.’ The filming of the project is slated to begin in the Kurdistan region in Iraq in September. Chabname Zariab is directing the movie based on a script she co-wrote with Parande Zariab.

Set in Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, the film revolves around Leila, a young widow who arrives in Kabul as the Taliban gradually takes over the country. She begins working in a kitchen, only to eventually discover that the place is a “Bacha Bazi” house, where very young androgynous boys dance dressed as women in front of groups of men. There she meets Tamim, a Bacha she helps. Leila then tries to save other young boys and leave the country before the city falls.

Farahani recently lent her voice to the character 242B in ‘Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust,’ a film that depicts a bored office worker inadvertently sparking a revolution in a peculiar dystopian world. She also appears in the sci-fi TV series ‘Invasion’ as Aneesha Malik, in which Earth faces a threat from an alien species. Farahani starred in ‘Hood Witch’ as the lead, portraying a woman involved in smuggling exotic animals and illegal goods.

Farahani reprised her role of Nik Khan in ‘Extraction 2,’ which follows Chris Hemsworth’s Tyler Rake as he returns to action after surviving a perilous mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She portrayed Salomé in ‘Romantique,’ in which a man reappears after disappearing overnight and discovers that he is the father of a little girl, prompting him to do his best for her. Additionally, she appeared in Arnaud Desplechin’s ‘Brother and Sister’ as Faunia Vuillard and was featured in television shows such as ‘City of Ghosts’ and ‘VTC.’

Zariab is returning to the world of Bacha Bazi in the upcoming movie after helming the short film ‘When You Hear the Bells,’ exploring the world of bachas in Afghanistan, focusing on Saman’s jealousy and apprehension towards Bijane, a younger boy destined to replace him as a dancer. Her previous works include the short film ‘Hizia,’ in which a flustered stranger hands his infant daughter to Louise as the police close in on him at her building. She also wrote and directed ‘L’Enfant Chameau,’ which revolves around a young boy who is thrust into the world of camel racing in the desert.

Farahani previously shot Hiner Saleem’s ‘My Sweet Pepper Land’ in Kurdistan. The region is also a significant filming location of Bahman Ghobadi’s acclaimed film ‘Turtles Can Fly.’

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