The Siren (La Sirène)

Saturday, 30.9.2023, 18.00 hrs

D/B/FR/Lux 2023 100 min
D: Sepideh Farsi
The film is shown in the Farsi original with German subtitles (OmU)!

1980: Abadan, the center of Iran’s oil industry in the south of the country, is besieged by Iraqi troops. People leave their city, only a few stay behind: fourteen-year-old Omid waits with his grandfather for his older brother to return from the front. But when the situation becomes hopeless, the remaining inhabitants also have to leave their homes – and there is an abandoned boat in the harbor …

Sepideh Farsi tells a central chapter of the Iran-Iraq war through the means of animated film. The filmmaker, who lives in Paris, has turned the memories of her hometown of Abadan into highly poetic reality, supported by the Cologne-based TrickStudio Lutterbeck.

Screenwriter Djavad Javahery will be present for audience discussion!

Admission: 10€, reduced: 8€


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Sepideh Farsi (1965* in Tehran) left Iran at a young age to become a filmmaker. Her first feature-length film, “The World is my Home” (1999), was followed by numerous internationally acclaimed documentaries, such as “Harat” (2007), “Tehran without Permission” (2009) and “7 Veils” (2017) but also feature films like “Dreams of Dust” (2003) and “The Gaze” (2006). Farsi, who lives in Paris, works in a variety of formats and media: from cell phone films to animated films. “The Siren” opened the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2023.