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1st Born is notable for being the first joint feature film co-production between Iran and Hollywood, using a cast and crew from both the U.S. and the Middle East.

The film is directed by Ali Atshani. Atshani has introduced himself as one of the top filmmakers in Iran. His famous films such as The President’s Cell Phone, Wishbone, Banana Peel, Mr. Alef and Negar’s Role. His 2016 film Paradise was a co-production between Iran and Germany.

LA Independent Film and Entertainment, based in Hollywood, produced. Sam Khoze produced with a team including producer Edwin Avaness and associate producer in Iran Pourya Naserbakht. Khoze, Tarek Zohdy and Medhi Alimirzayi wrote the script. The project centers on a newlywed couple, Iran-born Ben and his American wife, Kate, who are living in California. When there’s a complication with Kate’s first pregnancy, both Ben’s and Kate’s families must come together — a rather complicated notion as Ben’s father, Hamid, is an anti-American Iranian politician, while Kate’s father, Biden (played by Kilmer), is an American politician who takes a hardline stance against Iran.

Top cast

• Taylor Cole as Kate
• Reza Sixo Safai as Ben
• Jay Abdo as Hamid
• Tom Berenger as Tucker Jefferson
• Val Kilmer as Biden
• Robert Knepper as Joe
• Denise Richards as Christine
• Dominique Swain as Ingrid
• William Baldwin as Saul

Festivals and awards

“Wishbone” by Iranian director Ali Atshani has won the best feature film and best director of the year awards at the WIND International Film Festival in Hollywood.

Best Director

Chelsea Film Festival
WIND International Film Festival

Best Movie

Love International / High Coast International / Canada’s World International Film Festival