On the international stage and on the festival circuit, Iranian cinema is not immediately associated with genre. The impish, richly ambiguous films of Abbas Kiarostami and the humanist social dramas of Asghar Farhadi have loomed largest in terms of defining the national canon. But while Fereydoun Jeyrani’s “Asphyxia” — a contemporary Iranian take on classic film noir and Gothic horror — doesn’t seem like an obvious hybrid at first, it ultimately makes a compelling case for itself: As the movie progresses, it becomes thrillingly clear that the cruel gender politics of those sinister genres can map themselves in mutually illuminating ways onto an inquisitive critique of female oppression in contemporary Iran.
Full review here:
Comparisons/references in the review include GASLIGHT, SUSPICION, VERTIGO (hence the Hitchcock reference...) and LES DIABOLIQUES.
The film is shot in black & white.
Currently on the European festival circuit, the film does not yet have a release date for USA. Keep an eye out for it.