مری زن می خواد

DIRECTED BY: Baktash Abtin

Year: 2011
Country: Iran
Length: 42′
Language: Persian
Subtitles: EN, CZ
Premiere: Rotterdam IFF

Mory wants a wife

مری زن می خواد

DIRECTED BY: Baktash Abtin

Mory is an honest and religious man who struggles hard to make ends meet and to provide for a woman who can accept him as a husband. His work does not pay well enough for him to find an apartment of his own, a sad reality of his urban life that led his two former wives to leave him for good.

Mory’s yearning is so overwhelming that he sees no alternative to indulging in self-gratification, an act condemned by his deep-rooted faith.

A sharp-witted, refreshing and humorous reflection on the social constraints of life in contemporary Iran, Mory Wants a Wife is a window on the obstacles that make a dignified life an impossibility for a humble and underprivileged man.


Baktash Abtin

One of the most acclaimed Iranian poets of his generation, Baktash Abtin started writing poetry at an early age and had already published 3 books of poetry by the time he left high school. His fascination with poetry and literature soon led him to write extensively on history, sociology and literary criticism. This was followed by a growing interest in film, and soon enough Abtin went on to direct 6 films touching on various social topics with his signature fusion of tragedy and comedy in social criticism.
He was indicted three times for his peaceful activism; among other things, Abtin had spoken out against censorship and advocated freedom of expression and the abolition of the death penalty. After being involved in the publication of a book describing the history of the Iranian Writers Association, Abtin was charged on 15 May 2019 with illegal assembly and collusion against national security and spreading propaganda against the state. He was sentenced to a total of 6 years imprisonment.
While in prison, Abtin was transferred to the prison clinic after showing symptoms of pneumonia linked to COVID-19. Abtin was denied proper treatment despite many international petitions signed in his support. As his conditions deteriorated drastically, he was eventually transferred to an intensive care unit but passed away at the age of 48, making the Iranian authorities accountable for the loss of one of the most significant figures of Iranian contemporary art.