Two figures looking over a cityscape vista at night in 'Happiness' (2021) La Onde Productions
Two figures looking over a cityscape vista at night in 'Happiness' (2021) La Onde Productions
Happiness (2021) La Onde Productions

Presented by ACMI, Film Victoria and Series Mania


Australian Premiere

Pouria Takavar | Iran, France | 2021 | Unclassified (15+)
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14–17 Oct 2021

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A teenage girl embarks on a road trip across Iran with two friends and a stranger in a van full of contraband wine.

As her mother plans to relocate to France, teenage would-be emigre Shadi (meaning 'happiness' in Farsi) discovers that her estranged father has not been asked for his consent. In the heat of the moment, she runs away, embarking on a road trip from Tehran to Kish with two friends and Sina (Soheil Bavi), a man with a van who sells contraband wine from it – among other vices.

Wunderkind director Pouria Takavar beautifully captures the rebelliousness of adolescence with this freewheeling and thoroughly compelling road movie – nay, road series – through Iran. Starting out as a director at the age of six with his award-winning short film Toy Store (2002), Takavar has carved out an interesting career as a bright young voice of Iranian cinema. His previous series Tehrun – a 90-part Instagram series – captured international attention, and Happiness marks his first international co-production with La Onde Productions and Arte in France.  

All 15 episodes (5 mins each) will screen in this program.

Format: Digital
Language: Farsi with English subtitles
Source: La Onde Productions
Courtesy: La Onde Productions
Runtime: 75 mins

Event duration

75 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


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