Sunday, February 4, 1:00 p.m. | Fred, adrift and purposeless, meets the modern Roxana by chance. He’s unemployed and a disappointment to his mother, while she owns her own videography business and boldly redefines the conventions of her hijab. Far from a meet-cute love story, ROXANA—winner of the Best Actor (Yasna Mirtahmasb) prize at the Tokyo Film Festival—blossoms into a vibrant and modern Iranian love story between two people defying societal expectations. Director of photography Pouya Shahbazi scheduled to attend.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Actor (Yasna Mirtahmasb), Tokyo International Film Festival
Nominee - Best Film, Tokyo International Film Festival

Annual Festival of Films from IranFor our 35th Iranian spotlight, the Film Center proudly presents 11 films—including ten Chicago premieres—from directors working within and outside of Iran. Join us for a week of embracing and changing perspectives, connecting with new voices, and exploring Iran’s political, social, and cultural world. View full festival.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email