Competition Narrative Feature
Directed by: Sara Zandieh
USA, 2018, 88m, PG-13
*Talent in attendance for second screening
Nousha (breakout star Tara Grammy) wants to marry the perfect Persian man to please her uptight Iranian mother (the incomparable Shohreh Aghdashloo), but things go south when she meets Alex, a white bisexual artist whom she falls madly in love with. When he’s pressured into popping the question during a family meal, cultures clash and traditions are tossed out the window as two families try to plan the perfect wedding. The feature debut from Florida Film Festival alumnus Sara Zandieh (“Reza Hassani Goes to the Mall,” FFF 2013), Simple Wedding is a romantic comedy that doesn’t abide by the normal tropes of the genre. Featuring a cast of fully realized characters—including wonderful supporting turns by Rita Wilson (who co-produced with Aghdashloo), James Eckhouse (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Maz Jobrani (Superior Donuts)—the film delivers a narrative that is fresh and funny, all while making poignant commentary on progressive social issues with a sense of lighthearted whimsy. This is a film that will have you smiling with delight because we can surely agree on one thing: all families are crazy.