Apricot Groves

Running Time: 80 min

Pouria Heidary Oureh





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Courage Award: Narrative Feature
Kansas City LGBT Film Festival

Audience Award: Favorite Feature
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Fest

Audience Award: Best Mix/Other Feature
Amsterdam LGBT Film Fest

Handsome older brother Vartan collects his transmasculine brother, Aram, at the airport. Although Aram emigrated to the United States as a young child and fell in love with an Armenian woman in Los Angeles, he and Vartan must spend a day navigating the traditions of Armenian society so Aram may obtain approval from his intended’s father to propose marriage. Aram experiences discomfort in a culture foreign to him, but Vartan carefully guides his brother through the only country he knows as home. At the end of the day, the brothers must drive to the border so Aram can cross into their motherland, Iran.

In a rare setting for such a tale, Tehran-based writer/director Pouria Heidary Oureh uses the rural and urban beauty of his neighboring nation, Armenia, to develop story of brotherly bonds, old world traditions and present-day realties. With palpable tenderness and affection for his characters, Oureh unfolds the story like a delicate flower that heralds a delectable and rare fruit.
— Elisa McGovern
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