Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Simple Wedding

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 88 minutes

Simple Wedding
Simple Wedding
Simple Wedding

Nousha has a knack for sabotaging her romantic relationships. Her traditional Iranian parents insist she find a husband as soon as possible, perpetually setting her up with successful Iranian men who are anything but Nousha’s type. But when Nousha stumbles on an atypical match—the free-spirited, bisexual artist, Alex—she can only keep their fun-loving romance a secret for so long. With the pressure to get married and fulfill her parents’ dream of throwing an elaborate wedding celebration for their only daughter, Nousha begins questioning the whole institution of marriage and fears the differences between their opposing families may be too much to overcome. SIMPLE WEDDING, a hilarious, relatable romantic comedy, breathes fresh life into the genre with unexpected wit and a quirky, endearing love story that embraces the unavoidable oddities families bring to any relationship. Smart, original, and pleasingly entertaining, the film reminds us we can’t choose our family or whom we fall in love with, and that might not be so bad. (In English and Farsi with subtitles) —A.B.

CIFF43 Screenings

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 at 6:50 PM

Friday, April 05, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 9:35 AM

Voices of the Arab World
Watch Out! (formerly 10% Cinema)

American Independents Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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Sara Zandieh

Sara Zandieh is an Iranian-American filmmaker. She holds an M.F.A. in film directing from Columbia University's School of Arts, is a recipient of the Fulbright Grant for filmmaking, the La Fémis director's workshop, and a MacDowell Colony fellowship. SIMPLE WEDDING premiered in the US Fiction Competition at Film Independent's 2018 LA Film Festival.


Ray Moheet, Norm Aladjem, Sara Zandieh

Sara Zandieh, Stephanie Wu

Ziv Berkovich

Annie Guidice

Principal Cast
Tara Grammy, Christopher O'Shea, Rita Wilson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Maz Jobrani, Houshang Touzie, Peter Mackenzie, James Eckhouse, Rebecca Henderson, Aleque Reid, Jaleh Modjallal

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