Bani Khoshnoudi

Mexico, Greece, Dominican Republic 85 min. min Spanish premiere


When Ramin hid on a cargo ship leaving Turkey, he never expected to end up in Veracruz, Mexico. As a young gay man, he fled persecution in his home country, Iran, with the hopes of making it to somewhere in Europe. Now, having arrived on the other side of the world, he is desperately looking for a way to travel back across the ocean, while coping with the distance that he has taken with his boyfriend and his past. But the paradox of his feelings is immense. While in a state of longing and nostalgia, Ramin begins to explore local relationships, sometimes full of ambiguity.


Female DirectorLGTBISocial Issues


Bani Khoshnoudi

(Tehran, 1977) She’s a filmmaker and artist working in documentary, fiction and with sound and video installation. Her work explores questions related to revolution and modernity and its impact on memory, exile and migration. 

Filmography: Luciérnagas (2018), Transits: Our traces, our ruin (curt, 2016), The Silent Majority Speaks (documental, 2014), Ziba (2012), A People in the Shadows (documental, 2008), Transit (curt, 2005)

Bani Khoshnoudi

Film information

Original Title: Fireflies
Director: Bani Khoshnoudi
Script: Bani Khoshnoudi
Contact: FigaFilms
With: Arash Marandi, Edwarda Gurrola, Luis Alberti, Eligio Melendez, Eduardo Mendizábal
Country: Mexico, Greece, Dominican Republic
Year: 2018
Format: DCP
Length: 85 min. min
Language: English, Spanish, Persian
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2019


Best Film - Ibero-American Competition in Miami