Ramin (Arash Marandi), an Iranian refugee living in Mexico, is trying to come to terms with his past, one that has left permanent scars on his body and soul. As he strolls through the port of Veracruz – a place where transient souls collide in search of a better life – the haunting memories of his long-distance lover begin to fill his heart with a profound sense of loneliness and repentance.
Ramin’s friendship with Leti (Flor Eduarda Gurrola), the young woman who runs the small hotel where he stays and teaches him Spanish, and an attraction to ex-con Guillermo (Luis Alberti) help him find himself as a gay man in a new home.
Beautifully shot and strikingly naturalistic, writer-director Bani Khoshnoudi’s touching cross-cultural drama Fireflies won the top prize in the Ibero-American Competition at the Miami Film Festival. Watch the trailer below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.
When Ramin (Arash Marandi) hid on a cargo ship leaving Turkey, he never expected to end up in Veracruz, Mexico by accident.
Having escaped persecution as a young gay man in his home country, Iran, Ramin suddenly finds himself far from everything he knows, living the life of an exile in this nostalgic, tropical port where his past and future are constantly confronted by new relationships and revived desires.
Written and directed by Bani Khoshnoudi, an Iranian-born Mexico City resident, Fireflies heralds the birth of a very talented female director whose personal story echoes throughout the film.
The title Fireflies is inspired by a 1975 op-ed by the late Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, who described “the state of fascism and cultural resistance in Italy at the time, creating a metaphor for resistance as the disappearance of fireflies,” said Khoshnoudi.
Watch the trailer for Fireflies below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.