Yet another mystery from the acclaimed Iranian director of “A Separation” and “The Past,” “About Elly” will open in theaters on April 8, 2015 via Cinema Guild at New York’s Film Forum, with a national release to follow. Here’s the synopsis:
With the return of their friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals (two married couples and a brother and sister, along with three young kids) decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter’s kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.
“About Elly” premiered in 2009 to extraordinary acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director. It went on to win dozens of other prizes, including Best Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was subsequently acquired for distribution, but never released. According to Variety, the “earlier distributor went out of business.”
The distributor appears to have been Here Films.
Of the film’s raved-about Tribeca screening, Time Out said “The film’s escalating energy, hysteria even, and moral debates will invite comparisons to the hothouse drama of ‘A Separation.'”