Saturday, 30.9.2023, 20.30 hrs
D: Abbas Amini
IR/CZ 2023 111 min
A: Pouria Rahimi Sam, Mino Sharifi, Hamed Alipour, Behafarid Ghaffarian, Naser Sajjadi Hosseini, Ghalem Farsi Sakhi Nazari, Latife Zousefi, Houtak Balouch
Original with subtitles
Ahmad, a teacher banned from teaching, has been transferred to a remote village in Baluchestan, southern Iran, on the border with Afghanistan; there he must report regularly to the probation officer in the nearby town. Nevertheless, he continues his work with local children and becomes involved with a group of refugee Hazara from Afghanistan. When a “forbidden” love between the ethnic groups sparks conflict, the idealistic Ahmad must take a stand.
Amini’s drama is naturalistic, staged with a close eye for the ethnic peculiarities in the borderland, and at the same time exciting and cinematically realized. Saman Lotfian’s camera captures the remote region’s barren mountain landscape in stunning images, and Haideh Safiyari, editor to double Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi, masterfully brings together the narrative strands of the thriller-like plot.
Admission: 8,50€, reduced: 6,50€