The Fish Fall in Love

Atieh's singular passion is food, and her small but popular restaurant on the sleepy Caspian coast is her pride and joy. But when Aziz, her former fiancé, appears after a twenty-year absence, the women believe he has intentions of closing the restaurant, so Atieh prepares his favorite dishes, one after the other, in a desperate effort to convince him otherwise. Loosely based on the Persian fable of Shahrazad and the Thousand Myths (A Thousand and One Nights), director Ali Raffi uses the language of food to paint a richly textured portrait of life and love on the northern coast of Iran.

“Kianian, Nonahali and Golshifteh all have movie-star looks and strong camera presences. They sparkle when closeups are required…The scenery is great. And you definitely will be hungry when you leave the theatre." -Toronto Sun

Cost: FREE for Museum members, $5 for Non-members.

Runtime: 96 min. In Farsi with English subtitles in. Watch teaser here.

This film is being co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens collection. For more information, visit

Sponsored by:
the Museum's Asian Arts Council

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