64th TIFF: World Premiere

A paradoxical dream emerges from the depths of Kieslowski’s filmography, rousing the condemned Iranian director Sohrab who, barred from making films, spends his days in a local cafe. However, a young woman’s request to showcase a live performance at the cafe leads to new complications, adding to the strain on his already troubled marriage and increasing tensions with the authorities, who demand “juicy” information in exchange for an easier life. Through the autobiographical Cafe, Navid Mihandoust invites us to savor a new and undoubtedly unconventional blend of Iranian cinema, with a lingering aftertaste of satirical critique aimed at his homeland's deeply conservative and repressive regime. An irreversibly cinephilic chamber drama, featuring a zen-like and uncompromising protagonist reminiscent of Nanni Moretti, with a sharp sense of humor in the face of all that is systemically irrational.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF64.

Direction: Navid Mihandoust
Script: David Mihandoust
Cinematography: Farhad Soleimani
Editing: Parisa Parvin Nia
Sound: Amirhosein Golmohamadi, Mojtaba Asadi, Amir Nakhjavan
Music: Fardin Khalatbari
Actors: Ramin Sayar Dashti, Setareh Maleki, Mahsa Mahjoor, Mehdi Sajadifar, Masood Esmaeeli
Producers: Esmaeel Mihandoust, David Mihandoust
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Iran
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 96'
Contact: Neda Mihandoust

Navid Mihandoust

Navid Mihandoust is an independent Iranian filmmaker. He started his profession in 1999 and has more than 20 years of experience in cinema and television, working as a movie director, director’s assistant, and screenwriter in several TV series and films.


2010 Whatever God Wants
2023 Cafe