Rusbeh traces his father during a trip to Prague – a former communist who fled to what was then Czechoslovakia in the 1950s and worked there as an orientalist and translator. Conversations with old comrades, librarians, and waitresses lead him to doubt the family story, but one trail leads to Valdimir, who has fallen out of a window while in a coma.
Visions of Iran 2022
Iranian Film Festival Cologne – 26. to 29.5.2022 at the Filmforum NRW Cologne
Finally back in the cinema! After two Corona emergency editions, “Visions of Iran” returns to Filmforum. From May 26 to 29, 2022, there are new visions from the fascinating cinema country Iran.
Many feature films circle the border between appearance and reality, past and present: actor Ali Mosaffa loses himself in the nostalgic and mysterious “Absence” in beautiful Prague. Mohsen Gharaei’s star-studded Dürrenmatt adaptation “Majority” comes across like a Sergio Leone Western. And in the visually haunting masterpiece “Careless Crime,” Shahram Mokri fuses the time of the revolution with the present. In Karim Lakzadeh’s fantasy road movie “The Great Leap” and Hossein Toghiry’s romantic drama “Light Year,” the protagonists are also caught up in the past.
In the documentary Pegah Ahangarani remembers the eighties (“I Try To Remember”), “Holy Bread” follows the Kurdish Kulbar load bearers, and “Woodgirls” accompanies two rebellious carpenters (directed by Azadeh Bizargiti). We discuss climate change and water mismanagement with environmental filmmaker Mohammad Ehsani (“Water Will Take Us”).
Ghasideh Golmakani has selected recent short films by female filmmakers. And in cooperation with the children’s and youth film festival “Cinepänz”, the beautiful “The Apple Day” by Mahmoud Ghaffari will be screened.
As guests we expect among others Hossein Toghiry, Mohsen Gharaei, Ghasideh Golmakani as well as the actors* Mahdieh Marzban (“Majority”) and Pedram Sharifi (“The Great Leap”, “Majority”). Ali Mosaffa and Mohammad Ehsani are in demand.