Australia | Feature Film | 90 min | 2021
Tennessine is a psychological drama following Arash (Osamah Sami), named after the Persian mythical archer, who against his family’s wishes, arrives in Australia to reunite with the love of his life, the elusive Nazanin (Faezeh Alavi). While the couple is about to spend a romantic weekend in a cabin in the woods, the arrival of Nasser (Robert Rabiah), owner of the rural property, interrupts the idyllic reunion Arash had hoped for and raises doubts about his connection with Nazanin. Soon, Arash learns of deep harboured secrets, which leads him down a path of self-destruction.
Set against a background of migration, TENNESSINE portrays the effects of displacement and explores themes of family duty, belonging and love. Predominantly spoken in Persian, the film also tells the story of an entire generation of young people separated due to circumstances beyond their control, and the consequences of these events on their relationships and identities.
A collaborative and explorative work, TENNESSINE’s independent production emerged from a buzzing, fertile loam of culturally diverse Australian creatives with shared grounds in migration, cinema and storytelling.
TENNESSINE is an original story by Amin Palangi and Osamah Sami, produced by Palangi Productions and Breathless Films.
Cast: Osamah Sami (Arash), Faezeh Alavi (Nazanin), Robert Rabiah (Nasser)
Director: Amin Palangi
Writer: Osamah Sami
Producers: Ulysses Oliver, Ben Ferris, Amin Palangi
Impact Producer: Constance Barthélemy
Director of Photography: Daniel Hartley-Allen
First Assistant Camera: Cameron Roberts
Camera Assistant: Sammy Pinto
Lighting Assistant: Sammy Pinto
Gaffer: Steff Watson
Sound Recordist: Julian Oliver
Second Sound Operator: John Tomkins
Sound Designer: Julian Oliver
Second Assistant Director: Ehsan Bidgoli
Production Designer: Ellen Doolan
Make-Up Artist: Alessandra Mafodda
Costume Designer: CC Williams
Design Assistant: Shimmy Yang
Standby Props: Sammy Pinto
Communications: Constance Barthélemy (firstname.lastname@example.org)