The Iranian director Ida Panahandeh is shooting a film in Tenri city in 2017.

At the Nara International Film Festival in 2016, her film NAHID was screened as an opening feature-length film in the competition genre. The film was awarded the Grand Prix (Golden Deer award) in the festival.

She visited Tenri to make field research in March 2017. After returning to Iran, she has been writing a scenario for the next film.

Her new film will be screened as a premier in the opening ceremony of the 5th Nara International Film Festival scheduled for September 2018.


After the death of Tatsuya’s only son, the family loses the only male heir to their family name. The tragedy also causes Tatsuya’s wife to leave him. As a result, the family’s sickly mother pressures Tatsuya to remarry, albeit with a woman he is not sure he truly cares for. Tatsuya’s daughter, Yuko, also feels obligated to keep the family going and considers marrying a man as a Mukoyoshi, which means he will adopt Yuko’s family name, yet she is reluctant to do this because of her feelings for someone else. Both Tatsuya and Yuko are caught in a dilemma that forces them to choose between family obligation and their own desires.


Cast: Masaya Kato, Shizuka Ishibashi, Keita Machida, Hana Hizuki, Kayo Ise, Yohji Tanaka, Kazuko Shirakawa, Nelson Babin-Coy

Scriptwriter: Arsalan Amiri, Ida Panahandeh / Cinematographer: Morteza Gheidi / Music: Masamichi Shigeno / Executive producer: Naomi Kawase

DIRECTOR : Ida Panahandeh
Japan・Hong-Kong / 2018 / 106min / Color / DCP / ENG/JPNSub.

Production: LDH JAPAN, Emperor Film Production Company Limited, Nara International Film Festival Organizing Committe
Japanese Distribution: HIGH BROW CINEMA
Asian Distribution (except Japan): Emperor Motion Pictures
© 2018 “二階堂家物語” LDH JAPAN, Emperor Film Production Company Limited, Nara International Film Festival



Ida Panahandeh

Ida Panahandeh was born in Tehran, Iran. She obtained a degree in Film Photography in 2002 and a master’s in Film Direction in 2005, both from the Arts University of Tehran, where she began her film career with several short films. After university she was invited to direct films for Iranian television, with which she won awards at numerous national festivals. In 2009 she took part in the Berlin ‘Talent Campus’. ‘Nahid’ is her first feature and it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won a special prize (Prix de l’Avenir). It also won the Golden Shika Award at the 2016 Nara International Film Festival. Israfil (2017) is the second feature of Ida Panahandeh.



Nara International Film Festival 2018


Tenri City

Tenri city is located in the northern part of Nara Prefecture, the east and west are the major parts of transportation, including Nishi-Meihan Expressway and Meihan national highway, national highway No. 24, national highway No. 169, and Kei-Nawa Expressway. Access to Osaka · Kyoto etc. is also convenient from Tenri Station where the Kintetsu Tenri Line · JR Manyo Mahoroba Line runs and both lines cross. The western part of the city is a livable area included in the Nara Basin, In the eastern mountainous areas, where people live together while being surrounded by rich greenery, agriculture, sports, music and cultural activities are carried out on a daily basis.



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Pedro González-Rubio, the winner of the Golden SHIKA Award at the Nara International Film Festival 2010, directed "Inori," set in Kannogawa in Totsukawa Village, Nara. The Great Eastern Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the disastrous flooding in Totsukawa Village 120 years ago, and "Hojoki" (an essay wrtitten by Kamo no Chomei in the 13th century) which laments the transience of this world... Pedro received these incidents as being directly connected to himself and thus his journey began. As if following "Hojoki," Pedro conducted his camera like Kamo no Chomei put his writing brush on paper. In September 2011, the Kannogawa region was subjected to disastrous flooding due to a large typhoon and suffered devastating damage. Rubio heard of this disaster just as he was about to start editing his film. Facing the reality the scenery of the small community he filmed will never come back, the filmmaker showed his determined responsibility and gave his full focus in editing. With profound feelings attached to the villagers and the director himself, "Inori" is completed in 2012, the year marking the 800th anniversary since the Hojoki was written.
Pedro won the Golden Leopard Award with this film at the 65th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in 2012.