On 24 September 2012, the film was selected as the Iranian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. However, on the same day the head of Iran's government controlled cinema agency called for a boycott of the Oscars due to the Innocence of Muslims video on YouTube that originated in the United States. Reuters reported that Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini had confirmed that Iran would boycott.
There are a couple of stories going on all together. The main story is about a day of life in a very traditional family in Iran.
The main plot: Pasandideh the youngest girl in a traditional family who is living with her family and relatives including her mother, her old uncle, and aunt. They live in a traditional old house in an old city. She is supposed to marry soon to an old family friends' grandson who is a student in a western country. Everything is already arranged for marriage and all of her sisters arrive to the old house one by one.
The Hamid and Hormoz story: Hormoz, husband of Pasandideh's sister who recently is released from prison, with the aid of Hamid (the husband of another sister of Pasandideh) is trying to find the treasure which they believe is buried in some parts of this old house while the marriage ceremony is going on.