Festival of Austrian Film
March 21–26, 2023, Graz

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Im Bazar der Geschlechter
Documentary Film, AT 2009, Farbe, 85 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2010

Director, Script: Sudabeh Mortezai
Camera: Arastoo Givi, Majid Gorjian
Editor: Oliver Neumann
Location Sound: Farrokh Fadai
Producers: Oliver Neumann, Wolfgang Bergmann, Line Mojtaba Mirtahmasb,
Production: FreibeuterFilm
Co-production: Licht Film (DE), WDR/arte


In Iran, the legal penalty for adultery and sex outside of marriage for both men and women is whipping and stoning. However, a kind of loophole makes it possible for couples to get around the law. The so-called “temporary marriage”, a Shiite tradition, is a temporary betrothal which can last an hour or even up to 99 years. Using three protagonists, Sudabeh Mortezai investigates the controversy of this ever-changing phenomena between legalised prostitution and personal choice. Religious dogma meets a kind of macho sentimentality and female sense of realism.