Opened over the weekend and exclusive to the IFI is Appropriate Behaviour,  a fresh, frank, sharply observed and effortlessly funny identity comedy. To mark the release of the film, we are delighted to offer a DVD bundle which  includes Cannes Best Director winner Stranger By the Lake, and comedies Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf and GBF to three lucky winners, courtesy of Peccadillo films!


Shirin is a sexually ambiguous Brooklynite who has recently split from her committed lesbian girlfriend Maxine. She has kept the relationship a secret from her doting Iranian parents and, with sibling rivalry simmering when her over-achieving doctor brother announces his engagement, Shirin’s Persian heritage and familial duty weighs heavily as she attempts to negotiate her hip, polysexual, politically correct environment while dealing with her broken heart.

There has been an acknowledged nod to Annie Hall and a number of comparisons to Lena Dunham’s work in appreciations of Appropriate Behaviour, but it also marks the welcome arrival of its writer, director and lead actor Desiree Akhavan as an exciting new voice in American independent cinema. Akhavan is an enigmatic presence at the heart of the film, playing an emotionally anchorless 20-something with honest, relatable authenticity.

Appropriate Behaviour Comp


To mark the release of Appropriate Behaviour exclusively at the IFI, we have three DVD bundles including Cannes Best Director winner Stranger By the Lake,  and comedies Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf and GBF to give away, courtesy of Peccadillo films! To be in with a chance to win, simply answer the question below:

Appropriate Behaviour is set in which borough of New York city?

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Competition closes at midnight, Thursday, March 12th. The winner will be contacted by email shortly after. (See IFI Terms and Conditions regarding prizes and competitions.) 

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