The Siren

La Sirène

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

The captivating film that kicked off the Panorama section at the last Berlinale transports us to the dawn of the First Persian War through a unique lens: the perspective of a teenage boy living in the war zone, who decides to stay with his grandfather while they await his older brother's return from the frontlines. When he comes across an abandoned ship, bearing the enchanting name “Sirena,” he will use it as an ark of salvation. In her first foray into animation, the multifaceted director, photographer, and visual artist Sepideh Farsi harnesses the power of animated illustrations to reshape aspects of the world that no longer exist, to bring to the surface lost narratives, and to unearth hidden layers of the “official” historical past. Through a palette of reds, petrol hues, and sand tones, and by employing a unique 3D illustration technique, Farsi reimagines the history of her family and her country with vivid colors and added dimensions, capturing the tragic impact of war. It's apparent that Farsi understands that each siren possesses its own unique song – a song that, while seemingly erasing memories, retains its own persistence and clear recollection.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Sepideh Farsi
Script: Javad Djavahery
Editing: Isabelle Manquillet, Grégoire Sivan
Sound: Luca Theis, Pierre Vedovato
Music: Erik Truffaz
Production: Les films d’Ici
Producers: Vanessa Ciszewski, Annemie Degryse, David Grumbach, Richard Lutterbeck, Sébastien Onomo
Co-production: Trickstudio Lutterbeck, Special Touch Studios, Rêves d'Eau productions, Amopix, Les Fées Spéciales, Lunanime, Katuh Studio, BAC Cinema
Production Design: Zaven Najjar
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 100'
Contact: Bac Films
Awards/Distinctions: Best Original Music Award for a Feature Film – Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2023, Best Director (Feature Film) – Champs-Élysées FF 2023

Sepideh Farsi

Sepideh Farsi was born in Tehran in 1965 but left Iran in 1980 and went to Paris in 1984 to study mathematics. However, she was drawn to the visual arts and experimented with photography before making her first short films. Her first two features Dreams of Dust and The Gaze premiered at Rotterdam in 2006. Farsi was a Member of the Locarno International Film Festival Jury in Best First Feature in 2009. She won the FIPRESCI Prize (2002), Cinéma du Réel, and Traces de Vie prize (2001) for Homi D. Sethna, Filmmaker, and Best Documentary prize in Festival dei Popoli (2007) for Harat.


2003 Dreams of Dust
2006 The Rose
2009 Tehran Without Permission
2010 The House Under The Water
2014 Red Rose
2019 I Will Cross Tomorrow
2023 The Siren