Unveiled – Interview with Jasmin Tabatabai

Unveiled - Interview with Jasmin Tabatabai

Unveiled – Interview with Jasmin Tabatabai

  It is one of the last beautiful summer days. Jasmin Tabatabai, 38, sitting in a Berlin hotel, the air conditioner does a thorough job. For six hours she gives interviews, no trace of fatigue.

Mrs. Tabatabai, in her new film Unveiled play an Iranian woman who is persecuted for their homosexuality and wants to start a new life in Germany. How is this movie?
The idea was already there eight years ago. At the time (director) Angelina Maccarone and Judith Kaufmann started to write the book. When I heard that a film is made about an Iranian asylum Antin, I thought, “Hey, who else are you doing playing?” I really wanted to learn exactly what is planned there. Later they told me that they wanted from the beginning to me for the role. Two years ago, when I came to the script was not finished yet. We actors have criticized and ideas introduced, and later rehearsed, improvised and the story helped to develop.

Were you able to bring personal experience for the screenplay? Also, you are also born in Iran.
I was extremely important that the Persian accent is authentic, because they had no experience at all in order. It was only a translation that was really useless. In the end, have Navid, Siamak plays, and I sat up until shortly before filming began on the translations. We wanted them to talk like real Iranians and there is not one-to-one translation from the German. Persian is a very flowery language that describes a lot more things. In German, one speaks of things more directly, that would be in Iranian impolite. In the scene at the German border guards in an old version of Fariba hawed around a bit and admits at the end that she was with a woman. It is inconceivable that an Iranian woman speaking to a man about her sexuality. Especially not if they are gay. It is a huge shame culture, which affects women in Iran. These notes were included in the script, and very grateful implemented.

What attracted you to this challenging role?
Fariba is an extraordinary figure, which is always exciting for an actor. She is wearing a crazy inner conflict with himself. By what it is and what she feels she is a double outsider. Especially in their culture. You can turn nowhere and do not act out their feelings. She has a huge thirst for freedom. I was fascinated that she resigned and becomes a victim. It rears up and takes extreme effort and risks. Such women can be seen, unfortunately, rare. Moreover, it is a challenge for any actress, if allowed to play a man.

How did you prepare yourself for the role? Was there contact with lesbian women in Iran?
I have long searched on the Internet. I wanted to know how lesbian women living in Iran. They must remain in the background. Unfortunately I have not found throughout the Internet a lesbian Iranian woman. The only contact came via the director. However, this woman has lived for 28 years in Germany. Basically it is when a human Fariba fate. What about women in general is in these countries. As for the men’s story: As I simply copied my brother and my father.

At the end of the film was planned from the outset?
There were different versions. If she succeeds in the end, it would be cynical. If she does not succeed, which is pretty sad. So I think we have found a very exciting end. Whether it is realistic, nobody knows. There is some hope that they will try again and create maybe one day in Berlin, Paris or any other metropolis, where they can openly live.

What do you consider the most moving and most beautiful spots in the film?
The development of the love story of Anneke and me worked just fine. In the samples we were facing rather strange. In the game, it was sudden. The crackling on the screen is actually made. I was initially worried about how it comes across. A lesbian woman, I have already played several times and it’s no big effort. But the aspect that is disguised as a man and it is far from clear, it knows the other, they want to know that can go amazingly fast in my pants. Before that we were both scared.
One of my favorite scenes is the conversation in the laundry room at the very beginning. Because the humor and the charm of Fariba break through. This degree of ease is important, because otherwise it is a very serious issue. Therefore, such factors is essential in such a film. Moments when you can smile.

You were just a bandit, then femme fatale, now a lesbian Iranian woman. How do you pick out their roles?
As impossible as possible. My very first role was a gypsy woman who fights for her child. I am simply not the normal German type. Many roles are for me and certainly not in question. I mostly play strong women, ragged figures, often fighters. Precisely what I find exciting.

Is there a completely different kind of role they would like to play?
There are so many. I would like time to turn a comedy or join in an action movie. Or do not you take a mother.

What do you want to accomplish with the film in the minds of viewers?
Viewers will see the people behind the story. I would be delighted if the people once considered an Iranian woman and not think that she is a victim. If we succeed, that one is not even thinking about lining and simply hopes that Fariba create this impossible task, it has gained much.

(Gesine Grassel)

Photo (C) Ventura Film

Title: Unveiled – Interview with Jasmin Tabatabai

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